Being limited as to travel and outside activities can sometimes get rather boring. You can be inactive only so long, and then you get in that car that drives you to crazy land.
My wife keeps herself quite busy and I certainly cannot keep up with her. She cannot sit down for very long and rest.
This is where I come in as the husband. I sit down and rest for her so she can go about and keep busy. I must say I am very good at resting for her.
While rummaging through some stuff, she discovered a box of old photographs of our family.
“Do you know who that person is?” My wife asked.
I looked at it and could not imagine who that person was.
“No, it doesn’t look familiar to me at all.”
My wife just stared at me and said, “Take another look.”
I could not figure out who that picture was and I could not imagine the location of where that picture was taken.
“That is a picture of you just before we got married. Now do you remember?”
There was a picture of a young man with hair and as skinny as a lamp pole. I just could not see that that was a picture of me. Now, I am old, and my hair is starting to retire and, let's say, I'm not skinny.
“Are you sure that’s a picture of me?”
“I should know because I’m the one that took the picture.”
If that's what I looked like back then, what has happened to me?
"I sure have changed, haven't I?"
There were pictures of our wedding, which I really could not remember. Oh yes, I remember getting married, but I did not know we were that young. Is it legal to get married when you are that young?
Looking at those wedding pictures, I said something perhaps I should not have said, "Now, I know why you married me. I was so handsome back then."
Looking at me for a moment, she finally said, "No, I married you for your money."
We look at each other for a moment, and then both of us broke out in hysterical laughter. I may have had good looks back then, but I certainly did not have any money.
Of course, today I have neither good looks nor money.
Then there were the pictures of our children as they were born. I had forgotten how young they were when they were born.
Then there was that wonderful picture of all of us as a family. My wife, our three children and I are setting together for this photograph.
Wow! It does not seem possible that that is what we look like way back when.
We spent the rest of the evening picking up pictures and saying, "Do you remember this picture?" Of course, my wife could remember more of the pictures than I could. I was however, getting a good picture of what our life was back then, how things have changed.
That evening I thought of what the apostle Paul said. “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:51).
God has a wonderful change in store for those who put their faith and trust in him.
[Dr. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, Ocala, FL 34472. He lives with the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 352-216-3025 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The church web site is www.whatafellowship.com.]