I woke up today in a wonderful mood which is not normal for me. The wonderful mood was due to the weather change. It had been hot for a long time and winter is starting to slowly creep in. This morning, I put on my black sweater and headed outside to enjoy the beautiful day that God blessed me with.
As I drove to work, enjoying the weather, I contemplated my mood. I thought my wonderful mood odd because I normally like warmer weather with the beach, sun, sand and flip-flops. It made me realize that God allows change in our lives in order for us to appreciate the good and bad of all the chapters we go through.
With this realization, I reflected on my marriage. My husband and I are not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. Like every couple we have our ups and downs. During the down times, I will sometimes forget about all the wonderful features of my marriage and husband. My husband has been gone for over two months and will not return home for another two months.
The first couple days of his absence, I enjoyed the freedom of going and coming without having to negotiate with another person; but as time passed, all the good qualities of my marriage and husband came to the forefront. I miss cuddling up with him on the couch while watching our favorite television show.
I miss being able to vent my work frustrations over dinner with him. I miss how he drags me out of bed at 8:00 a.m. on the weekends stating that the day is almost half over. I miss that he has no problem killing the enormous cockroach in the bathroom, even if he chases me around the house with the dead carcass.
With his absence, all the wonderful characteristics of my husband have started to outweigh any annoying ones. Even though I miss him immensely, I am glad God is having us be a part for a few months so I can capture and cement all the wonderful joys my husband brings to my life. This experience is a lesson for me to keep the good parts of my life close to my heart in order to get through the bad ones.
“My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
– Colossians 2: 2-3 (NIV)
“Father, thank You for the changing of the seasons and for the changing of hearts. I am so glad that I’m able to see the good qualities of my husband that I sometimes overlook. Help me to concentrate on the wonderful attributes of my marriage. Bring to my mind right now things that I have taken for granted….”