My wife and I recently celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. As I searched for an appropriate gift for her, I researched the traditional precious metals and gemstones that celebrate different anniversaries. I was intrigued but not surprised that most traditional gifts stop at the 70th wedding anniversary which is platinum. I wondered what the fortunate couple that remained married for 80 years or longer would choose to celebrate? I found one reference that cited oak for 80 years and granite for 90 years. One reference even suggested a 10K diamond for 100 years. But why stop there? What about the longest marriage ever recorded?
When Adam had lived one hundred and thirty years, he became the father of a son in his own likeness, according to his image, and named him Seth. Then the days of Adam after he became the father of Seth were eight hundred years, and he had other sons and daughters. So all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years, and he died.
Genesis 5:3-5 (NASB)
Adam and Eve were the first man and woman and the first husband and wife. When Adam celebrated his 930th wedding anniversary, he undoubtedly had a huge gathering. After all, everyone alive in the world was descended from him and Eve. I don’t know when the traditions of anniversary gifts began but I suspect that if Adam and Eve started it, all precious metals and gemstones would have been exhausted after a few hundred years of anniversaries!
Perhaps this is why God reminds us of the precious treasure He bestows us with our wives.
An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels.
Proverbs 31:10 (NASB)
Regardless of whether you have been married for 1 year or 100 years, thank God for blessing you with a helpmate and your soul partner who completes you.
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.