Yesterday was Valentine’s Day. George gave me beautiful flowers and chocolates, and I baked heart-shaped cookies for him.
This Valentine’s Day was the 20th one after we married. An international, 2nd marriage with two little boys was a rough ride and there were numerous crisis. In spite of that, we could make it to this day because of George’s extraordinary efforts and God’s grace and mercy.
Sometimes I wonder what if I hadn’t married George and brought up my boys in Japan. Especially as I think of the second son, who has ADHD but became a web designer, it is clear to me that having George as the father and living in the U.S.- where many doors have opened for his career – contributed a lot to his success.
For me, I can’t describe how greatly he has been supportive during this four-year battle against cancer. He now has his own health issue, Parkinson’s, and I wonder if it was because my cancer battle has stressed him out so much. Nevertheless he is still doing his best to protect me and leading me, as well as our children, to God’s path.
God is really gracious knowing I am a problem child for Him, so giving me the best husband.
In the Old Testament, there is a story of Ruth, who was a Gentile but became an ancestor of Jesus. In the story, her mother-in-law, Naomi, who became a widow and lost her sons in a foreign land, decided to go back to her homeland, Israel, and said to Ruth to go home, dissolving the mother-daughter-in-law relationship.
Ruth cried and showed her determination to share the fate together with Naomi saying,
“ “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried.” (Ruth 1:16-17)
“Wherever you go, I will go….”
I wrote down the verse on the Valentine’s Day card to George.
George and I will renew our marriage vows in Cana in Israel. Through the cancer battle, God has strengthened our relationship. Love never fails even with cancer or Parkinson’s!