Monday, February 14, 2011

From My Heart to Yours, Happy Valentines!

Before you read this post, I ask that you click this link:  Dancing in the Minefields and listen to a song I have on repeat. I have wanted to do something with this song since I first heard it, but never knew exactly what. But last week, this idea hit me and I figured it was perfect timing for Valentines. So I hope you enjoy the following. And TJ, this post is for you. Happy Valentine’s Day, I love you!
Dancing in the Minefields by Andrew Peterson
Well I was 19 you were 21
The year we got engaged
Everyone said we were much to young
But we did it anyway
We got the rings for 40 each from a pawnshop down the road
We said our vows and took the leap now 15 years ago
This verse is super romantic…and while you and I didn’t run off and get married at a young age (or at least THAT young of an age), we did it our own way- on a Sunday morning, with omelets and waffles.
Just as romantic if you ask me. J

We went dancing in the minefields
We went sailing in the storm
And it was harder than we dreamed
But I believe that’s what the promise is for
Doesn’t that chorus make you want to jump on a boat and sail into a gorgeous night sky with you wearing a tux and me wearing a breath taking evening gown and the wind’s in our hair and…..No? Ok then, it’s just me! Hahaha.
Seriously though, when I first heard this song, I fell in love with the imagery he uses. To sail into a storm and dance among minefields is to be so in love, and so brave and so COMMITTED to each other that you can get through anything. All because one day, not so long ago, we made a promise, and THAT’s what the promise is for. Doesn’t that just take your breath away??

Well ‘I do’ are the two most famous last words
The beginning of the end
But to lose your life for another I’ve heard is a good place to begin
Cause the only way to find your life is to lay your own life down
And I believe it’s an easy price for the life that we have found

I love this verse for two reasons: the first is because it reminds me that on June 13th, on a 

   gorgeous Sunday morning, we exchanged vows, and it was the end of my life and the end of
 your life, and the beginning of something far more beautiful: Our Life.
The second reason I love this verse is because it so beautifully reminds us that marriage is first and foremost a picture of Christ’s love and sacrifice for us. When people look at our marriage, I pray they will see how we are willing to lay down our individual lives, dreams and ambitions for the sake of the other.  And I pray that when they see this, they are reminded of how our God laid down his life for us in the same act of sacrificial love.

And we’re dancing in the minefields
We’re sailing in the storm
This is harder than we dreamed
But I believe that’s what the promise is for
That’s what the promise is for

So when I lose my way, find me
When I lose loves chains, bind me
At the end of all my faith
to the end of all my days
when I forget my name, remind me
This bridge is my prayer for every married couple I know. And it’s what I pray for our marriage. I pray that if one of us loses our way, or loses love’s chains, or forgets our name, that the other will be there to remind us. Because it will happen. One day, you’ll have a midlife crisis and go out and buy a yellow Challenger with a black racing stripe because it’s something you’ve always wanted to do and you’re afraid of dying. But it’s ok, because I promise I’ll be there to remind you that you have accomplished far more in your life than that car signifies, and the legacy you are leaving behind you in your children and grandchildren will keep your memory alive once we’re gone. And…I’ve been saving for that “Challenger” since we got married, just in case.

Cause we bear the light of the son of man
So there’s nothing left to fear
So I’ll walk with you in the shadow lands
Till the shadows disappear
Cause he promised not to leave us
And his promises are true
So in the face of all this chaos baby
I can dance with you
TJ and I chose Ecclesiastes 4:12 for a reading at our wedding, you know, the one about the cord of three strands? Well that’s what this verse means to me. God has not brought us together and then abandoned us. He has brought us together and then made himself a part of our marriage to provide strength and support. And with him there, as our third strand, we can dance through any chaos that comes our way. Bring on the Minefields.
So lets go dancing in the minefields
Lets go sailing in the storms
Oh lets go dancing in the minefields
And kicking down the doors
Oh lets go dancing in the minefields
And sailing in the storms
Oh this is harder than we dreamed
But I believe that’s what the promise is for
That’s what the promise is for
God bless you all, and your marriages, present and future. I pray that if you are in the minefields right now, God will give you the strength to dance through it together. 
Happy Valentine’s Day.