Today would have been our 30th wedding anniversary. Do you even acknowledge it as a widow? Is that a thing? I have no idea what the protocol is. Then again, we know I’ve never been one to follow protocol 😂
I look back on the graciousness of the Lord & I am overwhelmed. Our marriage was worth celebrating not because it was any different, spectacular or lovelier than any other marriage. Quite the contrary. It is worth remembering because for all of its flaws? We stayed in it. We honored our vows. In return? God faithfully honored us. We showed our children that (1)really hard things are just that—hard(2)things of value are worth investing in (3)Love, in most seasons of marriage, means serving not receiving (4)most days that meant: you before me~but it took years to figure that out
Our 25th wedding anniversary you surprised me with a vow renewal service with bridesmaids, sit down dinner, wedding cake & a “just married” banner across the back of your SUV as we left for a week-long “honeymoon”. We recommitted our marriage to God before our girls & friends. God’s timing is impeccable, isn’t it? We were able to squeeze in almost 3 more years of marriage. And then… an ALS diagnosis. Those short years prepared us for our last year together. I am so grateful to the Lord for his focus, re-direction & reminder of what was & was not important.
In this social media, Instagram, instant gratification world we defied the odds. We won it all even though it looks like we lost everything.
Happy 30th anniversary, Robin Wooten! I sure wish you were here to celebrate. We always said we’d blow it out big on our 30th. 5 Star to Alaska or Australia. Honestly ? Your locale is, without a doubt, way better than mine—5 star for sure! What an amazing ride we had! I wouldn’t have missed it for anything. However, I sure do miss you, RW!
“Trust that if He changes your plans, it is a chance to walk by faith”
I recently read a wonderful analogy of how to better understand Gods plan for our lives.
Have you ever watched a marching band perform at halftime during a football game? They create elaborate words or sentences in formation while belting out the school fight song. For the viewers at home watching on TV, the ones who have an aerial view, the acrobatics make perfect sense. The aerial watchers have a clear picture of what the word formations say. To the fans in the bleachers the band just looks like they are gyrating around while playing instruments. They often look lost while marching in circles trying not to bump into each other.
Our lives often look similar. Many times nothing makes sense to us here on earth. We are just trying to make the music of our lives. Sometimes it’s beautiful and sometimes not so much. We’re just trying not to step on toes. Just trying to get through the routine of life. Sometimes it all makes perfect sense. Many seasons we are just trying to make it all look and sound good. Hold it all together.
From Gods view? He sees it all. The big picture. He understands how the sound is to be played out. He sees and hears each and every note. Each stanza. He knows what the final symphony sounds like.
29 years ago today I said “I do” having no idea that “In sickness” and “’til death due us part” would actually be part of my life song at such a (somewhat) young age. But God knew. And yet He is Sovereign. He is faithful. He is just. He sees my story. Robins story. Our daughters story. It all makes perfect sense to Him….even when it doesn’t make one bit of sense to me.
One day it will all be perfectly orchestrated. Until then? I am thankful that I was privileged enough to have been known, to have loved and been loved so well.
Happy 29th Anniversary, Robin Wooten. I can’t wait to see you again one day. I love you.
“For I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it”~Habakkuk 1:5