When we face a personal setback, trial, hardship or difficulty in life, it's hard to see beyond the disappointment. However, we often discover a silver lining we couldn't see before.
Professional hockey player Mike Fisher's initial "crushing" moment happened when he found out he was being traded to another team. His team had lost eleven games in a row and he had heard rumors of being traded, but it's hard to adjust to sudden change and saying goodbye to friends on the team.
But then his coach, Bryan Murray, said something else. "I've got some good news for you, though. You're going to Nashville." Of all the cities he could go to, he was headed to Nashville, where his wife, Carrie Underwood, resides. As newlyweds, being so far away from each other most of the time was not easy.
The owner of Fisher's former hockey team, Eugene Melnyk, told him, "You know Fish, I just wanted you to be with your wife." Both his coach and the owner had worked to get Fisher to Nashville. They were looking out for Fisher and his family, wanting the best for them.
Being together allowed Underwood and Fisher to start their family together, welcoming their son Isaiah into the world.
Later, Fisher discovered something else about the situation.
He said, "I didn't know this until later on, but a full two weeks before I was traded to Nashville, my mom and dad were talking in the kitchen one night, and like I said, we were struggling. I wasn't having a good season, but my mom - always the voice of reason in our house - called it.
"Well," she said. "Maybe this is the Lord's way of having Mike traded to Nashville so he can be with Carrie."
This was incredible for their little family, and it was no coincidence.
"I know God was looking out for me that day, and sometimes he uses good people like Eugene and Bryan to carry out his plans. So I'll just take the time now to thank all three of them for the one-way ticket," Fisher said.
Marriage takes hard work, sacrifice, compromise and lots of love. Taking time for each other is essential, but spending time together is difficult for couples in long-distance relationships.
Find ways to make time with each other, whether it's through hand-written letters, phone calls, FaceTime or Skype, weekend trips together or anything you can to keep your relationship flourishing.
Nurturing your marriage every day will create a thriving relationship, whether you live close together or far apart.
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