It's no secret that I'm completely head-over-heels in love with my husband. I know this sounds like complete mush, but I really feel like he's not just a great guy for me, I truly believe he is a great guy - in general. Any girl would have been lucky to have him. But I got more than lucky, I got blessed. God gave me such a gift when He gave me Wade.
It's as though God looked at me, examined who I was, took notes on my strengths and weaknesses, my gifts and the things I lack, and created this other person who would benefit from the things I have to offer and could offer the things I could benefit from.
I've changed so much since I met Wade. One of the greatest things he's taught me is to strive to be selfless -- to put others before myself. I still fail at this, but I see myself changing little by little over time. Wade is the kind of person who doesn't ever consider himself first. It's in his nature to put others before himself.
You see, Wade sees life for what it really is. He remembers that this part is just temporary, materials are just things. He remembers that "to live is Christ and to die is gain" (Phil. 1:21) and that the only things that truly matter are things eternal. I love these things about him. I always say that he is the closest picture of Christ I've ever known.
But what you may not know is that I almost lost Wade before I ever met him. Back in 1999, when Wade was just 16, he was in a very bad car accident with an 18 wheeler...
It's a miracle he lived -- one that can only be credited to God's gracious decision.
He awoke on the ground with his car tire sitting on his chest and had to stay that way for almost an hour until they got him out safely. Amazingly he came away without any chest injuries. He spent the next several months in the hospital, and went to back to school in a wheelchair. His bladder was torn from his urethra and had to be reattached in surgery, and he had to have some metal plates in his back; now the only visible evidence of the accident are some scars on his arm. The doctors told Wade that he would most likely never play sports again. Another thing I love about Wade is that he believes anything is possible. The next school year he was the MVP of his High School football team and went on to play college baseball for two years.
I don't know what my life would be like if I didn't have Wade in it. And I'm so thankful God saw fit to keep him for me.
In just a few short months, Wade and I will have been together for 5 years. It feels like forever and at the same time and instant. Thank you Jesus for giving me my husband :)
**I wrote this post a few days ago and planned to share it today. This morning a close friend of mine's husband was electrocuted during his job as a lineman for the power company. Praise God he is still with us and is doing well. He suffered 3rd degree burns on his hands and will spend the next week in the hospital. It is such a reminder to us all that this part of life is only temporary. Don't waste today by not telling the people close to you that you love and appreciate them.