Our Bible verse for today: “Many women have done noble deeds, but you surpass them all!” Proverbs 31:28
Our thought for today: “Happy Anniversary Linda!”
Today Linda and I celebrate our forty-first anniversary. We’re doing so by leaving for a one week vacation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Our honeymoon, forty-one years ago today, consisted of a single night in a cheap hotel in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. We were pretty broke back then and we couldn’t afford anything more than that. But we resolved we would make-up for it when we celebrated our anniversary in the years ahead. For forty-one years since then we have always done something special every year, like going to Myrtle Beach. On every fifth anniversary we have done something really special like trips to Las Vegas, or cruises to the Mexican Rivera, to the Western Caribbean, and to Alaska. We have also gone to Eastern Europe, and once we even went to Hong Kong. Over the years Myrtle Beach has become a favorite anniversary destination of ours.
But the choice of Myrtle Beach is significant for another reason as well – a reason that pertains to our theme this month of Sabbath Rest and which also reveals a lot about the kind of wife Linda has been to me.
Linda is smart and very talented. She has a year of college and she has many job skills. She has always excelled at whatever job she has had including receptionist, bookkeeper, and manager of an apartment complex. But when we got married she decided that her primary job was going to be to take care of me and our children so that I could be free to pursue my career in the military. Then, when I retired from the Navy and became a Pastor, Linda’s commitment grew even stronger. She resolved that she was going to take good care of me so that I would be free to take good care of the people of the church.
In her role as a Pastor’s wife Linda has always been fiercely protective of me – kind of like a mama bear (fair warning – if you pick a fight with me you just picked a fight with my wife too). She also watches my health, makes sure I get enough sleep, and she guards my time off.
And that leads us to our subject of Sabbath Rest. Going to Myrtle Beach is largely Linda’s idea. She’s the one who pushes for it because she knows it’s a place where I really do rest and relax. We always rent a condo in the same place at North Myrtle Beach. (We like North Myrtle Beach because it’s far removed from the hustle and bustle of South Myrtle Beach, which is more for the younger crowd.) The place we go is calm and quiet. The condo we rent has a screened-in back porch that overlooks a serene setting. I spend hours out there each day (especially in the early morning), drinking coffee, praying, reflecting, and reading. It’s always a restful and renewing time for me.
I will also swim every day, kayak in the ocean, go for long rides on my mountain bike, and play some golf. Then together Linda and I will go to some shows, we will go out to dinner, we will shop, and we will sightsee. But mostly, I will rest and relax. Linda knows that and that’s why she pushes for us to go here.
Linda always seems to know what I need most, and over the years she has become very good at talking me into doing the things I really ought to be doing anyway. I’ve been blessed to have someone in my life who loves me, who knows my needs, and who goes out of her way to care for me. I hope you have someone like that too.