Embracing the stranger

Growing up I became very good at meeting new people (not that I had much of a choice).  From kindergarten to my senior year of high school I attended 10 different schools in two states.  Regardless of your personality, this nomad existence forced me to adjust to unfamiliar surroundings, almost on a consistent basis.  My adult life has not been as severe, but non the less mobile.  Heather and I moved the week after our honeymoon to Tampa, then in less than 3 years moved back to Oklahoma, only to move to Connecticut less than three years later.  In 2000 we made our final move (to date) back to Oklahoma.

In all my moves the idea of strangers has taken on a different concept.  Strangers to me offer opportunity and hope for what is to become.  My moves have created unique and special experiences, memories and relationships on both coast and throughout the state of Oklahoma.  I am extremely fortunate to have had the moments that were created through this life journey.  I have met and enjoyed some of the most amazing, generous and thoughtful people, and I am much appreciated for all who shared their life with me.

This is also a very real picture of marriage.  Regardless of your time together, or experiences shared, when you marry your spouse you are basically strangers.  The life you have ahead will change you, and them.  Your relationship will be new, offer a closer glimpses of each other never seen, and challenges never experienced.  This can be a scary concept, or a wonderful one (or both).  To embrace a life long commitment with your spouse, is to accept the unknown, it is to embrace the stranger, and to grow your love as one.  I encourage you to anticipate with excitement what God can provide in two strangers growing together in Him.  It is so worth the experience!

God never intended marriage to be easy, only great. 

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