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5 Reflections on 5 Years of Marriage (by Stephen Simpson)

Today is my 5th wedding anniversary.  It seems like only yesterday I was at the church getting ready to say my vows.  Our wedding reception was the first event held in the post-hurricane renovated fellowship hall.  January 21st, 2006 is definitely a day that I will remember for the rest of my life.  In honor of this special occasion, I would like to share with you 5 reflections on the first 5 years of my marriage.

My first 5 years of marriage have been:

Tragically, marriages that last even 5 years are becoming increasingly rare.  I praise God for the 5 years of marriage that He has given to us.  I pray that God will continue to bless our marriage that will grant Nicki and me many more years of marriage.Beautiful.  I am married to a beautiful wife.  Her beauty shines forth externally as well as internally.  Marriage has also brought me two beautiful daughters.  Their beauty makes me smile all the time.

  1. Easy.  My wife and children love me and serve me in so many ways.  They are genuinely excited to see me when I come home from work.  Knowing that my family loves me unconditionally makes being married seem so easy.
  2. Hard.  God often brings hard times into marriages.  For us, He has chosen to bring hard times with every pregnancy.  Every one of our pregnancies has been very hard.  The hardest moment was during our last pregnancy when God chose to take our son.  Holding his tiny breathless body in my hands was one of the hardest things I ever had to do.  Sometimes, marriage is very hard.
  3. Good.  God brought me and Nicki together.  He has made us one.  He has blessed us with children.  What He has done is very good!  It is so good for my children to see a Mom and Dad that love each other and seek to serve each other.
  4. Unpredictable.  For us, this has been best demonstrated in our pregnancies.  Before we were married, I thought that having children was a pretty automatic process.  Five years later, I realize how fragile life is.  I better understand that every child is a miracle.  The unpredictability of marriage reminds me of my need to trust God.  God’s plans are infinitely better than my plans.

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