Come Sunday, it will have been a year, a tough year. A year ago today, my wife, Ann Maree, was taken by ambulance to Hospice for her final struggle. Understandably, I spend a lot of time thinking back. Our 50 plus years of courtship and marriage were way too short. We had some wonderful times. We also went through some pretty big changes.
The best and most powerful change came as we individually discovered the truth about Jesus and welcomed His Spirit into our souls. At first, the changes were fresh and exhilarating. Gradually that excitement evened out into a satisfying and fulfilling joy. Worry was exchanged for contentment. There was a dramatic shift in how we saw life in this world.
As an example, Annie was good lookin’. Yes indeed, she turned heads. But strangely, that physical beauty was, for her, a source of insecurity. Maybe you can relate. But when Jesus showed her how much God loved her, that anxiety was gradually laid to rest. It was transformed into a thorough sense of inner beauty and inner peace. Heads still turned, but that wasn’t of as much importance. Recently, I came across this, underlined in her Bible:
Your beauty … should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. (1 Peter 3:3a & 4b)
When folks remember Ann Maree, most of the time they talk about how she had “…the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit…”