Opportunity is missed by most people, because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work.
— Thomas A. Edison
The honeymoon is over, definitely. It has been over for awhile. It just took for some time to past before I realized it, before I could label it. Now I can move beyond it.
If you have been married for over a year or two, you know what I mean. Maybe even if you have been in a long term relationship too, but that seems to lack a degree of commitment that marriage has. The first few months or so, you are all excited and giddy. Your heart flutters and your stomach has butterflies of excitement and anticipation. All you can think about, day and night, is your new love. You are in love. You are falling in love. Can you here the music playing in the background? How sweet…gag me 😉
That is the honeymoon period, where everything is sweet and wonderful and everything is right with the world. But, there comes a point in the relationship where that is not enough. The lovey dovey feelings run out of steam and the pressures of the external world start pushing inward on you. As the veil of infatuation lifts, you begin to notice that everything is not alright with the world. There are these little imperfections, inconsistencies, and paradoxes about your lover that you must learn to cope with if you are going to work at keeping the fires of your love alive.
When the honeymoon is over, the real love begins to build, the kind that will last a lifetime and beyond, through hard work and devotion (and help from the Holy Spirit). It is the day after day kind of faith that builds the real, true and lasting love. And that, in the end, is why it is worth it.