Proverbs 18:22, “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favor of the LORD.”
The good wife, the one who indicates God’s favor on a man, is the wife who is virtuous and prudent (Proverbs 12:4 and 19:14 respectively, with 31:10-31 for good measure). Dianna Gilbert is such a wife, and she is a living, daily reminder of God’s good favor on me.
Today marks our 26th anniversary. I love Dianna more today than I did on our wedding day. Now, you could never have convinced that young soldier, standing at the front of the church in his uniform, watching his beautiful bride escorted down the aisle by her father, that he would ever love her more than he did at that moment. But you could hardly convince that young man of anything 😏 .
How could I love my wife more now than I did then? Believe me, I loved her with all my heart back on November 30, 1991, but we love each other more now because we know more about love, and one another, today than we did then. I love Dianna more now because we’ve walked together, lived together, cried together, laughed together, hurt together, healed together, risked together, been rewarded together. And the more and the longer we do all those things – life – together, the deeper the roots grow and the stronger the love becomes. We have diligently worked, and by God’s grace continue to work, on our marriage and we are delighted that “the roots are deep, the covenant solid, the love is sweet. Life is hard and God is good.”