As I cuddled up next to my husband on our sofa in the wee hours of the morning, God spoke to me. He said something to my heart that I pray will never leave my memory or conscience.
It was cold that morning in December. The air was crisp and chilly as I crawled from the warmth of our bed. I grabbed a soft fuzzy throw from the back of our sofa to wrap myself in for prayer. John was already settled in place, bundled up in thermals and welcomed the extra warmth I offered. As we began to pray, I snuggled in closer until my ear was right over his heart, and rested my head on his chest. I listened intensely to the loud, strong rhythm of his heartbeat. I never knew it beat so loud and just sat there and listened for a few minutes in awe of this ‘life” that I could hear inside his chest. As I closed my eyes I, my thought shifted to the Lord, and I began to pray. I thanked the Lord for His mercy and grace. I told the Lord how wonderful He is to me, and how thankful I am for all He has done in our lives. I thanked Him for the life I have to praise His name and give thanks. I remember saying in my heart…
“Lord, I want to please you in all I do. What can I do to show you how much I love you?” Without hesitation, He said, “Love Me through your husband.”
Those have been some of the most powerful words I have ever heard.
We often get so busy that we forget to make contact in a personal way with our spouse as we carry on in our day to day task. I have been there. I get so busy, cleaning, shopping, repairing, studying, writing, “doing” for us and others and in all that I do, and I’m not making a personal difference in anyone’s life. Most importantly…. I’m not connecting with my husband.
We are intimate creatures. We need interaction (some more than others :)) and we need to connect with people. We should be doing that with our spouses.
Even today, as those powerful words echo in my mind, they penetrate my heart. “Love Me through your husband”.
My response? Initially in a spirit of overwhelming gratitude I wept and as I prayed, I hugged my husband tightly….feeling his love for me.
After prayer, I looked into my husband’s eyes and WE (God, my husband and I) connected.
God loves us through people, a real friend will imitate God’s love in how they love you. #GraceinFriends