I watched this video the day it was posted, and I can’t stop thinking about it. It received 100,000 views by the end of the day. Admittedly, I couldn’t make it through without weeping. But I realized, I wasn’t weeping for the sheer emotion of it – I was moved. I was compelled. It’s one of the most beautiful real-life stories of love and commitment to another person. It’s an example of the uttermost reliance on God’s grace and promises to carry this couple through. Before I continue, see for yourself:
Ian and Larissa are a real couple. I’m amazed by their trust and reliance in Christ to sustain their marriage. After this video received over 80k views, Ian said this, “I would do this (disability) all over again if I knew it would affect this many people. God is glorious.” Wow! What a beautiful and remarkable statement. Ian has a grasp on something that not many of us have experienced -his sheer and utter joy in depending on Christ in that way, even throughout a life of suffering. No one expects this to be a reality; Ian and Larissa didn’t know this was where their relationship was headed. And yet, their lives are being used to demonstrate God’s grace and glory through their covenant to one another.
During their wedding ceremony, these are the words that were read, written by John Piper: “Marriage is mainly about displaying the covenant keeping love between Christ and His church. Knowing christ is more important than making a living; treasuring Christ is more important than bearing children… But if we set our face to make of marriage mainly what God designed it to be, no sorrow or calamity can stand in our way. Every one of them will be not an obstacle to success, but a way to succeed. The beauty of the covenant-keeping love between Christ and His church shines brightest when nothing but Christ can sustain it.”
What a beautiful reminder that our relationship with Christ is central to everything in our lives. This example of Ian and Larissa’s marriage – though far from perfect – points us towards the love that Christ has for His church; Christ’s love for us. I’m challenged to remember that this is what our lives are about – not the temporal expectations we have in life: a job, marriage, a family. While all wonderful things, we are called to turn our faces to the Lord to depend on Him, and to treasure Him through this life until we are united with Him eternally.
via Desiring God