To make this a special day for us, I decided to try to recreate that original day as best I could. To this end, just as had been done forty years ago, I took her to a nice steak house yesterday afternoon before we spent the evening together. And then, to top it all off, when we awoke this morning, for breakfast, I took her to… wait for it… wait for it… Waffle House!
That’s right, forty years ago, in my twenties, I had a very high metabolism and was literally hungry all the time. Thus, I went to bed each night and got up from bed each morning thinking about my next meal! As I recall, the closest restaurant to our hotel that morning happened to be a Waffle House. And so a tradition was begun! (So much so that, in the ensuing years, as John Jenkins once famously said, if you needed me, I could be found at God’s house, my house, or the Waffle House!)
I dare say that, over the years, my wife and I have come to look forward as much to breakfast at Waffle House as a part of our annual wedding anniversary celebration as we have anything else.
Seriously, two verses from the Old Testament Book of Proverbs come to mind here. The first is from chapter 18, verse 22: “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.” The second is from chapter 8, verse 35: “For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.”
The day I met the young lady who was to become my wife was surpassed in my life only by the day I met my personal Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In finding the Lord, I found life and the blessings of God. And in finding the wife whom the Lord had ordained for me, I found so many of those very blessings.
Forty seven years ago, I met a beautiful young lady. Exactly forty years ago, she became my most treasured trophy! I thank God for our four plus decades together. And while I do not know if either of us will be around to see another forty (seven) years, I treasure each and every one we have had, and greatly look forward to any and all yet to come.
For you see, my greatest trophy is still my cherished wife! And I hope to keep her as long as I possibly can!!!