Thursday, November 15, 2012
Married on the promises of God
2 I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him.
As I wrote earlier in the week, the Mr. and I have been on a journey over the last year, learning to love each other better and more deeply. In praying about how to be a better helpmate to Dean, the Lord often turns my heart back to consideration of the church as the bride of Christ. I have always believed that the example of marriage in the flesh is given to us as a picture of how God loves us. I've always wondered if our dismal ability to stay married indicates how little we understand His love. With that in mind, the Holy Spirit prompted me earlier today to study scripture about God's promises and to consider how I could act out those promises for my husband...
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Do I make our home and myself a place of rest for my husband? Or am I a source of his weariness? Am I a burden to his soul, or are my demands upon him light? When our lives are stressful, do I present myself with calmness and peace (...take my yoke upon you and learn from me...) or do I escalate his worries with my own anxiety?
As his wife, I must make our home a sanctuary; the place he yearns to be when life is stormy. I learned when Dean was caring for his dad how important it was for me to speak truth over him and to model faith and calmness in his presence when he felt that things were spiraling out of control. When I got caught up in the fear and worry that he was experiencing, I could see the lines of strain deepen in his face. But when I spoke in quiet tones that everything would be fine, that God was faithful and he was not alone because I promised to stay at his side; those lines would disappear and I could see his muscles relax. As Jesus promised that we could bring our cares and weary hearts to him for rest, I promise to create a haven of rest for my husband. When he cannot find the calmness of the Holy Spirit, I will bring it to him as I pray over him and speak life over his heartache. I will allow him to be tired and even to feel weak in my presence, I will not mock or belittle his burdens. I will be gentle and we will learn together to rest in Jesus. I will build a home where chaos cannot take hold. I will rub his tired shoulders and soothe his mind.
When he feels the weight of life pressing in, I will give him rest.