We both wondered if the changes we were seeing would last. Should we dare hope our marriage would make it?
In 1994 while Tim and I lived in Colorado and even before we said “I do,” two polar bears were born at the Denver Zoo. Abandoned by their mom, zoo caregivers raised Klondike and Snow, and suddenly the world had a close-up view of baby polar bears.
There were long lines to catch a glimpse of the growing babies at the zoo nursery. There were t-shirts, stuffed polar bears, magnets, and even a VHS of their story. There was more merchandise; that was just my stuff : )
So when Tim brought home a polar bear as a surprise to decorate our yard for Christmas, the only name that would do was Klondike. He was the last one on the store shelf, and his box had been opened. And when we pulled Klondike out, he was a tangled mess, much like our marriage.
One on each side, we began working toward a common goal of putting Klondike together. Sitting on the ground, we separated out the pieces and tried to figure it all out. And just like the work of putting our marriage together, things were a little messy.
We did get Klondike put together that day. Our marriage took a little longer. But seeing how we had worked as a team that day, we began to hope a little more that our marriage would make it, and one day it wouldn’t be so hard.
That was eight Christmases ago when Tim brought Klondike home, and he’s a little worse for wear. Klondike’s motor that moved his arms as if he was skiing stopped working a few years back, but he still lights up the night and reminds us we can work together. On the other hand, our marriage is stronger than ever because we learned we are on the same team.
One of our favorite Christmas traditions we do every year is putting Klondike together and taking time to remember the marriage victories. Remembering the hope Klondike gave us … And ultimately remembering the hope God gave us because we never would have got past those messy places without God in the center of both our marriage and our lives. So take time to remember your marriage victories as you go forward in your journeys.
Rest in His presence.