For the past few weeks my husband and I have made our pilgrimage to Auburn, Alabama, the home of Auburn University, to witness three of the football team’s four victories of the season. It is about a three hour drive for us, but one I gladly make because Auburn is my happy place. It makes me feel good to be there, not to mention younger! (If you pull for another team, forgive me and just substitute your team’s hometown in this story and read on.)
Auburn could be my happy place because my grandparents lived there and we made some wonderful memories all over town. We walked and talked about life all over campus. We were allowed to swim in the school’s pool because my grandfather worked for the University. I went to church with them and they introduced me to many godly people. They provided me with a place that made me feel safe and secure no matter what kind of turbulence whirled around me – whether it was hurricane Frederick or my parents’ divorce.
Auburn could be my happy place because I went to school there and fully understand what was written by David Housel, former Sports Information Director and friend of my grandparents: “[Auburn] is a spirit. It is an attitude. It is a way of looking at life and at one another. It is, almost, a way of living. Unless you have experienced it, you will never know what it is; you will never understand it. Once you have experienced it, you will never be the same. A part of you will, forevermore, be an Auburn man or an Auburn woman.”
Those are all exceptional reasons for declaring Auburn my happy place, but the real reason is because that’s where I met my husband. God, with all His providential care, allowed Ron and me to be at the same place at the same time. As we look back, there was too much involved in our meeting for it to be a coincidence. If any one of the many details of that meeting had been left out we would have never met. Meeting him changed my life completely.
Throughout our thirty-one year journey together, my husband taught me things only God knew I needed to learn. I’ve learned to share my heart and not be afraid. I’ve learned to accept love, enjoy the security it provides and then give it in return. By knowing my husband truly loves me I can better comprehend God’s love. And, there have been times when my husband’s forgiveness has allowed me to feel God’s grace and mercy. Ron is not perfect, but he is a great Ephesians 5 man. Ephesians 5:25-28 says, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.”
So, in a way, I guess you could say Auburn gave me a new attitude and a new way of looking at life and others. Now that I have experienced it, I understand it, and I will never be the same. Thank you, God, for making Auburn my happy place.
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