This past weekend I had the privilege of hanging out with a very special couple. The wife, due to diabetes complications, is now completely blind. She retired a year ago from public school teaching and then her husband followed her into retirement this past January, partly to care for her. Presently both of them work tirelessly at a local church serving as elders. This special woman of God does not complain, has not become angry at God or doctors and continues to show a servant’s heart in all she does. This special man of God, a long-term, committed husband, is spending much of his daily time serving and practically caring for his wife. So naturally, my wife and I were inquisitive and wondering how life is for them these days. We had to ask some questions.
After a few questions, while they were holding hands, the wife replied, “We’re closer than ever.” She then said, “This has not stopped our love for one another and we care about each other even more.” “Sometimes he [her husband] forgets me at the restaurant when he goes to pay the bill, so I just sit there and wait until he returns, he apologizes and then he leads me out to the car.” They both laugh out loud when recounting their repeated story. The wife shared that her physical blindness has caused her to be more dependent upon the Lord while her husband states that he had to go from being a “loner” to interacting more with people as he cares for his wife and her relationships. You spoke those words, as did I, “In sickness and in health…” We have no idea of the future, but we know that if we allow our love to grow a small portion daily, when we are faced with the unexpected, our love will be intact and we’ll be able to handle the stress of what we may someday face.