DEAR WATCHERS OF TIME: WHEN IS LOVE LOVE?
The garden was a lush green, the flowers in full bloom, trees lit with a brilliant display of sparkling lights as the couple looked relaxed and every bit in love, alternating from dancing to the easy music in the cool night breeze to moving from table to table, having small talk with the close knit friends and family that had come to celebrate the two decades they had been together as husband and wife. This was to be a Valentine’s day they had determined would usher in a different memory from the rest, for having tied the knot on this day many years back, they needed something new to rekindle the special meaning the day and their marriage would have for the years unfolding ahead of them.
The moment came when the love cake was to be cut, the hubby, mischievous as he often was, decided to stall the flow of the evening to spring a surprise on his much bemused better half. He proceeded to tell a tale spanning three whole decades, where an act many have taken for granted on the road to marriage was to be finally redeemed. Wiping out a diamond ring of exquisite beauty, he did what he’d failed to do so many years ago and proposed to the one to whom he had already given his heart and life to. One would have thought this would not mean much to this much adored spouse after all they’d shared together but one look at her radiant demeanor told the story of how little things can mean so much. Our God Almighty knew from the moment He created man to walk the earth that he needed a companion to love dearly, carry burdens and share life with. As mankind evolved and sin ravaged the earth, the divine covenant unit of husband and wife faced the greatest onslaught designed to destabilize all of humanity, often times the cause of disharmony being the smallest of infractions that ought to have been overlooked for love’s sake. Common place therefore were failed marriages, broken hearts, dysfunctional homes and divorces in virtually every society on earth. It was thus with audible gasps, teary eyes and introspective looks that the simple gesture of a delayed wedding proposal revealed just how far the little things can go to crystallizing the steadfast love between husband and wife.
Are you taking the little things for granted? May the Lord help us love loving today For your comments, contributions, connect with me here: @TonyeCole1 on Twitter.