It is a crisp Fall day. Boy and Girl go for a walk in the park and enjoy the changing of the leaves as they walk hand in hand. Boy stops and asks Girl to sit and talk for a bit. While talking, Boy looks deep into Girls eyes. Very intentionally, Boy says the three most relationship changing words to Girl, "I love you." Girl is overwhelmed, estatic, head over heals for Boy and responds..."Thank you."
Wait, what?! Thank you? What type of a response is this when someone tells you for they first time EVER they love you? I wish I could say say I do not know the Girl in the story. Instead, I have to confess...I am the Girl. During a walk in one of our favorite parks in Louisville, KY Trey told me for the first time he loved me...and I said Thank You. Who does that?!
Today, as we celebrate our 3 year anniversary, I cannot help but laugh as I think about our beginning. We have indeed come a LONG way!
I waited to say "I love you" to Trey, not because I was uncertain, but because I did not want to say it for the first time to him simply as a response. Oh the many mind games when it comes to matters of the heart...seesh!
As confusing as the dating years may have been, the Lord taught me so much about His character as He drew Trey and I together. We know that we Love the Lord because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). Our response to the Love of our Lord is to love Him in return.
My "Thank You," to Trey was not enough when he told me he loved me. He was not searching for a word of affirmation from me, he was searching for my love in return. The same is true with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Of course my heart is overwhelmed with thankfulness for the love of my Savior. But, my entire life is changed as well. The Lord desires for me to express my love back towards Him. This is done through my words, my attitude, my daily choices, my life! 3 years into marriage and I am still learning how to communicate my love to Trey.
50 years from now I am sure we will still be laughing about the story of how I simply said "Thank You," when he first told me he loved me. I am thankful for the lessons learned from our early years, and I look forward to many more!
I Love You Trey Salter, Thank You for loving me too!
|Time for our First Kiss EVER!|
|One of the GREATEST moments.|