Opposites attract…we’ve all heard it before…but it’s true!
Speaking of attractive opposites, my post today is on my better half, Nathan Deklerk. Of all the things that bring me joy in life, certainly Nathan tops that list. He is everything that I am not, and so much more. For example: I’m short and he is tall…very tall. I’m a dedicated rule follower, and he is a dedicated rule breaker. I am quite soft spoken, but Nathan can be heard clear across any gym.
Here comes the part where I tell you why he is oh so much more:
Nathan is my courage when I am scared. When I am lost, he finds me. When I am weak, he carries me. He is my strength when my strength fails me. Bravely, he fights my battles when the fight in me has left. The countless quiet sacrifices he so selflessly makes on my behalf speak loudly and clearly of his love and devotion for me. Words simply do not exist to effectively express my love and gratitude for such a man. He is my hero. With every fibre of my being, I love him.
Opposites are also a valuable learning tool, as knowledge is best obtained by experience. It is by experiencing these opposites, that we develop a greater appreciation and understanding for so many principles in life.
We learn to appreciate what is sweet by tasting what is bitter. After dark cloudy days, our hearts soak in the warm rays of sunshine. By experiencing fatigue, we better appreciate what it feels like to be rested and rejuvenated. By experiencing heart ache and sorrow, we learn to treasure love and joy.
The other miraculous thing about opposites is that by experiencing things such as sorrow, grief, sadness, despair and sickness for ourselves, two very important lessons occur. The first is that we learn to appreciate and recognize their opposite counterpart. The second is that we develop the power and ability to feel love, empathy and understanding for those who are currently going through times of hardship and trial in their lives. At times, I have cried out to the Lord wondering why it was necessary for me to experience the darkness, pain and despair of depression. I begged to have this burden taken away. But, I now clearly see that God has been providing me with the most valuable teaching experience of my life. My depth and capacity to feel sorrow and pain is contrasted by my even greater depth and capacity to feel love and joy.
I want to express my gratitude to any of you reading my blog. This blog already has been such a powerful healing tool for me, and each and every one of you have played a part in this process. My heart is filled with gratitude and love. Thank you for your love and support…it means more to me than you will ever know.