One volt is defined as the difference in electric potential between two points of a conducting wire when an electric current of one ampere dissipates one watt of power between those points. It is also equal to the potential difference between two parallel, infinite planes spaced 1 meter apart that create an electric field of 1 newton per coulomb. (Wikipedia – volt)
So what is the electrical potential between a 16-year-old boy and a beautiful young girl spaced 6 inches apart on a church pew one Sunday morning in 1976? Explosive! Jane and I weren’t officially dating yet, but there was definitely electricity in the relationship. I’m not sure who touched who on that Sunday morning; but when our hands accidentally met, both of us jumped like we’d been struck by lightning! It literally felt like electricity ran through my whole body.
Three years later we were married. Within two months of our wedding, we moved to Athens GA with no money, no jobs, no education, and no clue. Thanks be to God, we both found work the first week we were here: Jane as a clerk in a card shop, me as a worker in a cabinet shop. Those first years were both exciting and challenging since we were discovering how to live on our own and how to live together.
Today is Jane’s birthday. I won’t share her age because………..well, you know why. I am so thankful for the years we’ve had together. She has been my best friend, and my greatest fan, cheering me on and encouraging me with whatever dream I was inclined to follow. So this is my effort to cheer and honor her. And, uh……. I’ll try not to be embarrassing.
Some of the things that Jane enjoyed in high school were majorette, rifle corps, drum major, and flute, all obviously related to band. She was and is an avid reader; for as long as I’ve known her, she’s had her nose in a book. Today she has adopted the modern book in the form of a Kindle. She loves children; in addition to raising three of our own, she helps at church by serving in the nursery and other child related positions. She and I led worship music for about six years; she has a beautiful voice, though she is a nervous performer. She was the bookkeeper for our business for twenty-five years while raising a family and running a household. Now she is retired and enjoys days with the grandchildren, and reading of course.
Marriage is a picture of how our relationship with God should be. It’s not the actual thing, mind you, but an illustration to help us understand God better. In its perfect form, marriage is an alliance of two people in complete harmony and total commitment; it cannot be replicated except in the context of our relationship with our heavenly Father. As a married couple experiences life together, they develop a bond that only they can have. This is similar to the connection that you have with God in that he knows things about you that no one else knows, both good and bad, yet he remains committed to the relationship.
Matthew 19:4-6 (NIV)
4 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
So if this verse is true, then technically I could sing, “Happy Birthday to me,” since we are one, right?
Today I raise the mug in honor of my wife’s birthday! And may all of those with birthdays find your day equally full of joy and celebration!