That’s 5 decades long.
It encompasses 600 months.
The number 50 combines 18,250 days.
In includes 438,000 hours,
26,280,000 minutes and
1 billion, 576 million, 800 thousand (1,576,800,000) seconds.
It does not matter whether you’re 50 years old, worked in your profession for 50 years, lived in the same town for 50 years, celebrating your 50th anniversary, 50 years is something worthy of celebrating.
This past Friday, Robbie and I quietly celebrated our 1 billionth, 576 millionth, 800 thousandth seconds together as husband and wife. There has not been one second over these 50 years that I have not wanted and looked forward to the next second. I praise God for giving me 1 billion, 576 million, 800 thousands seconds with Robbie by my side.
An aged farmer and his wife were leaning against the fence next to the pig pen. The wife remembered that the next week marked their 50th wedding anniversary. She said wistfully, “Honey, next week we will have been married for 50 years. Let’s have a party. Let’s barbeque a pig.”
The husband replied, “I don’t see why the pig should take the blame for something that happened fifty years ago.”
If anybody is to take the blame for our 50 years together, it would have to be God. He’s the one that started it all. He said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” (Genesis 2:18)
There’s no doubt in my mind, after 50 years together, that God made Robbie for me. That’s why Adam said, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh…” (Genesis 2:23) Robbie is God’s special gift to me. We were meant to be together for a lifetime from the day we both were born.
On Wednesday night this week, I reminisced a bit by saying, “Robbie and I will celebrate our 50th anniversary this Friday.” Then I said, “We’ve not had a single argument…,” then I paused for a moment to let that assertion sink into everybody’s mind. During the pause, people rolled their eyes and made comments like, “…a single argument that you won.” One person said, “Don’t lie in church.” Then I added the second part of the statement, “…a single argument that we did not get over.”
Now that I think about it,
- there has not been a single problem that we have not solved together.
- Not one challenge that we have not met together.
- Not one bill that we have not paid together. Not one heartache that we have not felt together.
- Not one thrill that we have not shared together.
- Not one victory that we have not celebrated together.
I think that is what God wants for all of us, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh (TOGETHER).” (Genesis 2:24)
Robbie and I have had 50 years of God’s TOGETHER.