|Isaiah 33:6 – “and He will be the stability of your times, abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is Zion’s treasure.”|
Last night, my wife and I went to an awards dinner. My wife was being honored for 20 years of service, along with others who have reached that milestone. I also work there, but I am beginning my 4th year, so no trophy for me. They awarded a gift for 20, 25, 30, and 35 years. I clapped for each person who was announced. I see it as an accomplishment! I talk to friends who have been with the same employer for their entire career. Not so common anymore, but it happens. My dad survived 30 years with the U.S. Army.
One way that I have shown stability is in my wardrobe. I wear classic shirts today that my wife bought for me in the 1990s. I guess they truly are gently worn. I have a jacket that my mother bought me before I was married, Christmas of 1988, at J Riggings, Sooner Fashion Mall in Norman, Oklahoma. I still get compliments on it every time I wear it. And there’s my truck. Our youngest son was still 1 year old (he is now 24) when we bought the 2000 Dodge Dakota. I just got her inspected and she passed. Registration is paid for another year. I thank God for that, and for all the times I thought I was a goner, about to hit someone, and miraculously skated by. She smokes a little out of the tailpipe as I take off from a stop, but she is entitled after 274,000 miles. And, she squeaks as I go over every little bump in the road.
I have the same wife after nearly 33.5 years. Again, I thank God for that. There have been times (the hard times) when I wondered if we could make it. I am so glad that God helped me find her, and so thankful we are still together. We know a lot about each other, and I think it is wonderful to be married to your good friend, someone with whom you have survived a lot of difficulties. Knowing God has been our greatest treasure! He has given us stability through all the ups and downs in life. Father in heaven, thank You for loving us so faithfully for so long, in Jesus’ name, Amen!
– Jeff Beall