Wouldn’t it be interesting if you could get a little glimpse of the future through a window?
Just for a moment in time maybe. Just to satisfy your curiosity. Or maybe prevent an event in your life or even prepare for an occurrence so it didn’t blindside you.
“Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window.” ~ Peter Drucker
Of course, there are no magic windows that we can peer out of or into showing us what the future holds.
Papa and I were just talking about this the other day. The day before we celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary, we were honored to attend a lovely marriage ceremony and reception. The handsome young groom is the son of one of my oldest and dearest friends, who happened to be my maid of honor in my own wedding.
There was much to celebrate, not just the wedding itself but the fact that my friend who experienced some life-threatening health issues this year was recovered from her scary ordeals and well enough to see her firstborn pledge his love and faithfulness to his beautiful bride.
The wedding took place in a town quite a distance from ours so as Papa and I were traveling along the highway, we had plenty of time to talk, reminisce, and reflect on our own big day those 40 years ago.
We witnessed the young couple’s marriage vows along with all the other families and friends in a small but picturesque old stone church. So much happiness blended in with heartfelt hugs and congratulations.
Later, as we meandered our way down country roads in this gorgeous, mountainous area of our state to the reception venue, I posed a question to my own beloved.
“When we were getting married 40 years ago,” I questioned him, “did you ever look down the road and think about where we would be in 40 years? What our life would be like?”
His reply didn’t surprise me. “Nope, never even gave it a thought.”
Me either, I confessed. And maybe that’s some of the problem with marriages. We get caught up in the excitement and romance of a relationship and the wedding itself – the fairy tale with a happily ever after ending – without seriously considering the future and what it may bring – rough times right along with the good ones.
Because that’s what we say to one another in those marriage vows. If you tie the knot in a church like Papa and I did, the minister performing the ceremony asks both the groom and bride if they will take the other to be your wife/husband to live together in holy matrimony.
When you answer those two little words – I do – you vow to love, comfort, honor, and keep the other in sickness and in health, forsaking all others to be faithful to her/him as long as you both shall live.
You promise to take the person who stands beside you in front of all your family, friends, and God from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish until death you shall part.
It sounds so easy, but it’s not.
And most young couples probably do as Papa and I did – not stop to take a glimpse through a window of time to the days and years to come.
To those days when that elated feeling of being in romantic love begins to fade a bit.
To those days when trouble comes, as it surely does, and you have to purposely choose to love your mate, not just base your relationship on a fleeting feeling of infatuation.
To those days when you or your spouse lose jobs and you may not have all the wealth you hoped to accumulate.
To those days when you lose cherished family members and you struggle with grief.
To those days when you may be a little heavier, your hair is turning silver, or you’re losing it entirely.
To those days when one or both of you have health issues, or suffers from depression, or is incapacitated in some way.
To those days 10 years from the wedding date.
Or 25 years. Or 40.
Or 50 years from the day you said I do.
Or if God grants you long lives beyond the golden anniversary mark, when your spouse has become more than just your romantic love, but your treasured companion, your best friend, and your entire being is entwined with the one you have chosen to love for life.
Heart to heart. Soul to soul.
Looking through the window of marriage into the future to ensure a long-lasting relationship, until death do you part.
That is my wish for young wedded couples.
“There is a window from one heart to another heart.” ~ Rumi
This past week’s photo challenge theme was “windows.”