My husband teaches Geometry. One thing I remember about Geometry is complementary angles, identified in my non-math mind as two different angles that, when added together, create a whole angle.
Opposite angle + opposite angle = whole angle.
The last several weeks, I’ve noticed this equation explains my marriage. After twenty two years, I’m looking at my complete-opposite-husband-in-every-way as a complementary angle, not an opposing opposite.
Those following this blog from the beginning remember one of my first posts comparing our union to “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”….apples and oranges. After journeying through some marital growing pains, I’m beginning to see our differences not as polar opposites, but, with grace and patience, as a pretty good equation.
I have to admit for a long time, I saw these differences as obstacles in our partnership. Obstacles worth fighting over.
I don’t know if it’s the work we can get accomplished together or simply the laying down of arms, but recently, I’m noticing we make a pretty good team.
I’m learning being complementary is a lot more productive and fun than trying to fit angles together in positions that are forced. If laid side by side in their complementary forms, they make a perfect right angle.
I think that’s how God designed it. I don’t know why it’s taken 22 years to figure it out, but I’m glad we haven’t given up on how the pieces of the puzzle fit together. And I’m sure there’ll be many more things pressuring our angle to break apart in years to come.
But I’ll keep trying to go back to the original equation of God’s design….