When my eyes met his on that hot summer day, I knew then what I know now. He's the one, my forever love. We both look back on that day, the day we led our first trip together as backpacking guides. The moment was divinely orchestrated. God was growing in us a love for each other, and we couldn't quite see the complete picture at the time. Now, we do. We were meant to be together.
After our adventurous summer together, he initiated a dating relationship in the fall. We began working together in the beautiful mountains of Estes Park, Colorado, and it was here, when we went on our first date. And let me tell you, it definitely wasn't a typical dinner and a movie date. The main event for our first date was a hike up a mountain of about 11,000 feet in Rocky Mountain National Park. The decision to endure the extreme amount of elevation change was probably clouded by our emotions that day. Either way, we made the hike up to the base of Long's Peak, where we enjoyed the spectacular views of Chasm Lake.
Could this be our first date? You bet. The story doesn't end here though. After we took a few pictures, I suddenly began to experience the harsh reality of elevation change. Altitude sickness quickly overtook me, and I was completely caught off guard. It was so sudden that shortly after I announced I felt sick, my body revolted and left me lying in fetal position on the trail.
What happened next was one of the most beautiful acts of love God allowed me to see in the man who would soon become my husband. He didn't leave me on the trail. He picked me up and carried me down the trail. He carried me in his arms until I could walk again. As beautiful as the view of Chasm Lake was, I believe God allowed me to see something even more spectacular up close. My love carried me, and God gave us a glimpse of what our marriage would eventually exemplify: love, strength, and commitment.
Now, I know your story differs from mine, but we do have one thing in common. We are first a wife and then, a mother. Every day we are deep into the demands of life, and it can be easy to forget that the first role God called us to fulfill in our marriage is that of a wife. Since this role comes before our role as mothers, wouldn't it seem appropriate to know what Scripture has to say about it?
This week we will study the characteristics of a godly wife. Please click here for the reading guide. Let's begin by reading the first few verses of Monday's passage.
"Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything." Ephesians 5:22-24
As you read these verses, consider the following:
1) What do you think it looks like for you to submit to your husband?
2) Why are we to submit to our husbands?
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