"Don't worry," Belle reassured me as she placed her arm around my shoulders. "God will provide."
"But I am now of mature age and without the needed qualifications, I can no longer compete with the younger generation for the same kind of job I'm doing now!"
"God will make a way. With Him, there is nothing impossible, so don't worry, ok?" Belle replied in quiet confidence.
Belle has constantly been my comfort and support in times of difficulties and with her I have shared many years of joy and sometimes sadness. We have been married for twelve years, and on this particular day, I have been informed by my employer that they no longer require my service as they are moving their operations to another country.
"Maybe its time you take a break and reconsider your options. It may be God telling us it's time for you to change your career line, given the amount of stress you have been going through all these years."
Belle is right. I have been stressed, and I have neglected her for many years in my pursuit for material gains, and even though a large portion of these gains was meant to give Belle a more comfortable life, deep within our hearts we know no amount of material wealth can express our love for each other. Belle deserves more than what I have been giving her, and spending time with her is what she really desires.
Throughout the years of my stressful work, I have been sick and hospitalized many times and during those times my wife has always been there for me, to share my pain and my agony, and this is despite her heartaches and grief at seeing me in my condition. I know on many occasions she has cried alone in sorrow, yet in front of me she has always kept a calm disposition, just in order not to have me worry further. Now, despite knowing I can no longer provide her a comfortable life as before, she continues to encourage me in the Lord, knowing with confidence that God will never fail to take care of us, having tasted of God's goodness all these years of our marriage lives in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad, in joy as well as in sorrow.
Belle is my greatest gift from God, and together with her I shall hold fast, to love her unconditionally and to cherish my life with her, regardless of what awaits us as God opens a new chapter in our lives.
NOTE: The story in this article is fictional, dedicated to my wife Belinda on this day of our 18th anniversary.
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