I enjoy watching the sagas of people in partnerships. Business partnerships are exciting and potentially deadly. Sports partnerships last until one of the egos involved gets out of balance or control. Marriage partnerships last as long as trust remains.
The outcome of a partnership can easily expand far beyond the immediate. In my journey, I have shared steps along the path that made my steps lighter, faster, longer, and in so many ways greater than they otherwise would have been. I look at the relationship with my longest partner, and I find that the accomplishments I have achieved would have never been possible without her insights, encouragements, and participation. I know that she probably does not see it this way. She works with someone who leaves in the morning to an unknown and indescribable job, talks using words that she often finds confusing, and appears to be in a constant midlife crisis. There is more to the sharing than the externals.
I know that I have someone who loves and cares about who I am.
I know that honesty and trust are integral to the words we share.
I know who I walk with and I look forward to each day’s surprise.
I can anticipate what might happen, yet when it does I find myself smiling.
I wake up wondering what gifts will come, they always do.
Partners can make all the difference. It takes two, yet things all start with one person’s decision, their choice. One person, based on something unknown and indescribable, takes the first step and then many more to walk along side another. In work, the ability to compete expands in multiples. In sports, the creative and surprising athletic results awe even the experts. In marriage, one finds excitement, peace, and completeness beyond anything they initially imagined.
I find each partnership is founded on trust. “Truth lasts; lies are here today, gone tomorrow.” (Proverbs 12.19) The God I know is trustworthy. He already committed himself 100% towards our recreation. The choice of God as a partner is open and ours to make.