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Forever Faithful…

      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…

Sue Reeve

Waiting for Change…

     I’m one of those unusual women who enjoys change. I tend to become bored easily, and like to vary my routine often. Even as a child, I embraced change, anticipating adventure in the unknown. This was a good thing since I attended seven different schools between kindergarten and 9th grade.

     While I like change, I don’t enjoy waiting for hoped-and-prayed-for change to come.

     The other day, the familiar words to a Fernando Ortega song gripped me in a new way. The lyrics of I Will Wait for My Change[1] are taken from Job 14. While pondering Ortega’s song, I re-read this passage of scripture.

     Job was going through a VERY difficult time, which is describing his condition mildly. The fine man, who’d reverenced God, purposefully living in God-honoring ways, was suffering emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Verses 13 and 14 (KJV) reveal the depths of Job’s despair. He was so low, he wanted to die, but in his vulnerable condition, he even wondered about his fate if he were to die.

“Oh, that You would hide me in the grave,
That You would conceal me until Your wrath is past,
That You would appoint me a set time, and remember me!
14 If a man dies, shall he live again?
All the days of my hard service I will wait,
Till my change comes.”

     I love the fact that despite his dire condition, Job determines he will dig in his heels of faith, waiting for his change to come. I’m speculating here, but I imagine Job was able to reach this determination because of a lifetime of trust he’d developed over many years.

     Right now, my life is undergoing a welcomed, but somewhat inconvenient, change. We’re involved in remodeling projects. At this moment, the contents of kitchen cupboards and drawers are housed in boxes and plastic containers in the living room. I’m excited about the change, but it is requiring extra attention and time.

     For that reason, the next few Listening on the Journey… blog posts will be brief. I hope short will be sweet, and pray words I write will help achieve my mission to always point readers to a “never changing God in our always changing world.”

Listening on YOUR Journey…

  • What change are you currently waiting to come?
  • How might considering God’s past faithfulness help you with your current waiting?

I’m praying for you and asking God to reveal Divine truth during your ‘season of waiting’…

Sue Reeve

Waiting for warmer weather. I have a feeling more than one owner of these sailboats at Bayview, Idaho, is waiting for change to come! Thanks, Ron Reeve, for this lovely winter image.

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGfXRUhKTXM

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