If you’re married, do you ever think about the vows you made on your wedding day? Lately, I’ve been doing just that. On June 8th, Ron and I celebrated our 40th anniversary. The vows I wrote all those years ago included this promise, “I will always be your faithful wife.”
A few days before our anniversary, Ron and I spent an amazing day in Yellowstone National Park with our friends Lonie and Larry. One of our first stops was Old Faithful Inn, a spectacular lodge that’s over 100 years old and a short walk to Old Faithful Geyser.
Since it was named in 1870, Old Faithful has remained true to both its name and its mission. Even though the years have brought certain changes, according to Wikipedia, the cone geyser is “a highly predictable geothermal feature, which has erupted every 44 to 125 minutes since 2000.”
During the last 40 years, many changes have occurred in our marriage. My vow to be a “faithful wife” has looked differently during different seasons. As is the case with Old Faithful, years have brought about certain changes.
Curious about characteristics of faithfulness, I looked up the word faithful in the dictionary and found these synonyms: loyal, devoted, constant, unwavering, dedicated, committed, trustworthy, dependable and reliable. Although I certainly know I haven’t been a perfect wife, I do believe I’ve fulfilled my vow to be a faithful partner to the man who’s become the most important person in my life.
As I think about changes bound to occur in our marriage in the years to come, I realize life doesn’t come with a lot of guarantees. There is, however, one guarantee that’s been around a lot longer than the legendary geyser in Yellowstone Park and certainly, much, much longer than our 40-year marriage. My hope and prayer today, as I explore with you the topic of being faithful, is that forever, I’ll join with the psalmist who declared,
I will sing of the Lord’s unfailing love forever!
Young and old will hear of your faithfulness.
Your unfailing love will last forever.
~ Psalms 89:1 & 2a (NLT)
Ron and his ‘Old Faithful’ at Old Faithful Inn located in Yellowstone Park.
May you be blessed with the assurance of God’s unfailing love that will last forever…