“Let all that you do be done in love.” -1 Corinthians 16:14 ESV
I recently watched a video on John Piper’s website. The video is called “Why We Got Married,” and it tells the story of two people named Ian and Larissa. Ian and Larissa met in 2005 and dated for almost an entire year before considering marriage. “Ian and I had planned to get married as soon as we graduated from college in December of 2006. But instead, everything was halted with his brain injury, which he received on September 30 of that year in a car accident” (Larissa Murphy, May 2012). There are times when we go through trials and tribulations and it looks so easy to quit. Larissa and Ian chose the opposite. Marrying someone with a brain injury made Larissa sign onto things she never would have chosen for herself, such as working all her life and having a husband who can’t be left alone (Larissa, 2012). The simple fact was that they loved each other. Does a brain injury cancel out love? Do our circumstances affect the love we share and receive? The simple answer is no, it does not. Paul said, “And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28 ESV). In the name of our Lord, Ian and Larissa made a covenant not only to each other, but to God. While other couples in their twenties are going on road trips and dancing with their significant others, Ian and Larissa are sitting back watching it all, not able to take part. What is so incredibly amazing about this? They aren’t alone. They have never been alone. They will never be alone. Jesus has been right next to them, holding their hands and comforting their hearts.
“We know that we have made a covenant to each other, just as Christ made to the church. The church that He made that covenant with is so imperfect, and sorrowful, and disabled. Just like our marriage. This church, and this marriage, are hemmed in by Jesus and eagerly long for heaven. He is their author and sustainer” (Larissa, 2012)
I hope this video blesses you as much as it has blessed me. I see Jesus in this video. His love is pouring out of these two beautiful souls and God is truly using this couple to work in the lives of others. This video reminds me a lot of Regent University. Love pours out of Regent. When I step on campus, I feel the Holy Spirit all around. We are blessed, friends. We are so truly blessed.