Has one word ever changed the course of your life? I’ve been thinking about one word that changed my life forever, for the better.
Eighteen years ago, I said, “Yes,” in answer to a question. I was in my late twenties, single and wishing for a change in my “status.”
When I met my husband on a ski trip, I had no idea the changes God had in mind for me. As our relationship grew from friends to in-love, I found myself saying “No” to some activities so I could say yes to our long-distance relationship.
One night in early October, he asked me to dress up, because we were eating somewhere special. Unexpected circumstances delayed the three hour drive from his city to mine by a couple hours. Instead of a fancy dinner, we shared a starlit walk and chocolate silk pie at a friend’s house.
When he lowered to one knee, and asked me to be his forever, I only needed one word to answer the hopeful expectation in his eyes.
Eighteen years after that “one-word” changing evening, we’re still crazy-in-love. I have no regrets. We’ve been through a lot, he and I. Life’s joys and sorrows have knit our hearts together.
. . . Many moves, compliments of Uncle Sam and the US Air Force.
. . . Learning to die to ourselves to serve and love sacrificially (he’s much better at this than I am).
. . . The heartache of infertility.
. . . The joys and frustrations of loving and training up the two gifts we call sons.
. . . Shoring each other up through health issues.
His quiet presence by my side each morning and through the days.
God used that one word to change who I am, to grow depth in me that could never have come from a career in teaching. As much as I loved my students.
One word that revealed to me a clear picture of what God’s love looks like when it’s lived out through the smiles and tears of life.
What about you? How has one word or one simple decision changed your life in some way? If you’re married, how did you and your spouse meet?