It has been quite some time since I last posted a blog. Things have been immensely busy, especially in lieu of the recent celebration of my one year wedding anniversary trip.
My husband and I decided to visit Austria for several reasons: one of which is that I was familiar with the language, another being that we were anxious to visit the infamous Salzburg, where The Sound of Music had been filmed. We had a breath-taking stay in Austria, filled with many wonderful memories. What a fabulous way to celebrate one year of marriage while inaugurating a second.
Our journey home, on the other hand, was quite the contrary! To make a long story short, I became extremely ill on our flight out of Vienna. When we stopped in London to catch our connecting flight into the U.S., my husband and I were informed that we would not be allowed to continue on to our next flight until we had received a doctor’s approval for further travel.
My husband wrote an excellent blog post about our horrendous ordeal of navigating through the socialized medicine of the London hospital – all for a simple note signed and dated by a doctor, approving me “fit for travel”.
The entire ordeal caused my husband and I to reflect on the vows we had exchanged a year ago. As we contemplated the lifelong commitment we had made to one another before God, we couldn’t help but chuckle. God has a sense of humor in teaching us what “agape love” truly means and how we are to apply that to one another. We smiled as we thought of how appropriately applicable our vows had become beyond the alter. I thought I had loved my husband with my fullest capacity as I stood before him at the alter. However, this past year of marriage – with all of its trials, including our unexpected delay in London due to sickness – has caused me to realize that I am continually learning what it means to truly love him with an agape, sacrificial love.