On the airplane from NC to LA, in the row in front of me, was a family of six. The boys, who looked to be perhaps 13ish and 17ish, sat with their father on the left side of the aisle . The girls, whose age I could not tell because they were directly in front of me, sat with their mom. The father and mother sat across the aisle from one another. I could see the father best, because he was diagonally in front of me; a tall, thin man with gray hair, cut short in the back but a little longer on top. Black framed glasses covered his steel blue eyes. When he smiled, deep creases emanated from the corners of his eyes, revealing years of character. A day or so worth of stubble adorned his face and chin. The oldest boy had long, blonde hair, as did the younger boy, though his was hidden under a beanie. From what I could see, mama had very long sandy-blonde hair as well as the girls.
A few times during the five hour flight, the man stood up, probably to stretch. During one of those times, he leaned over and kissed his wife a long, drawn out kiss. I smiled to my inner self and though, “oh, I guess he likes her”. She responded by reaching up and running her hand across his chest and down, across his belt. For a brief moment, I got scared as her hands continued down his thighs and dropped in her lap. “Goodness,” I thought. “I guess they both like each other.” (Please! Not in front of the children! or the passengers!
This couple was probably in their mid to late 50’s, and the family resemblance of the kids with them told me they were one family, not a blended one. Mom and dad periodically reached across the aisle to touch one another and hold each other’s hand. Sweet. I thought how nice it was that, after years of raising a family, they were still so obviously crazy about each other.
About 3 hours into our flight, the husband reached into his backpack, pulled out an NIV study Bible and began reading in Romans. (Not that I was creepin)
Nothing warms my heart more than seeing a man who loves God also love his wife, ashamed of neither, and not afraid of anyone’s judgement. I believe this is the way God intended relationships to be. What a wonderful example this couple set for their children, to love one another wholly and completely while honoring God. This is truly my hearts desire.
May they always love God and each other as He intended. May their children find the same.
Be blessed today, my friends.