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Sorry for my absence yesterday, for the past week or so, I’ve been fighting off a winter bug, and late Saturday night, the bug won.
Don’t you hate being sick? I hate feeling weak, helpless, and of no use to anyone. Mostly, it’s unsettling not to physically and emotionally feel like yourself.
The one thing in married life that has sweetened the sick pot is my wonderful husband. Don’t get me wrong, he’s sweet and caring all the time, but when I’m sick, he really makes it a priority to go out of his way to take care of me. I have no household responsibilities, I get special yummy treats from Whole Foods, and the TV is mine for the day—no Discovery documentaries for me! (For a girl with a slight flare for the dramatic, I love that he is so quick and eager to assume the role of doctor!)
It’s incredibly freeing to see that when you’re at your weakest point, there is someone who sees you at your worst—runny nose, upset stomach, and sickly eyes—and sticks around to care for you and nurse you back to health.
At times marriage can be difficult and messy, but all the wonderful and challenging complexities marriage can bring results in something SO beautiful.
But even more beautiful is the truth that no matter what our relationship status may be today—married, single, dating, or “it’s complicated,” each one of us is so wholly and dearly loved by our God that when we’re physically ill, an emotional wreck, or a betraying mess, our God is faithful, constant, and does not leave our side. He’s sees all of it—the good, the bad, and the ugly—and chooses to love us no matter what.
I know I referenced this verse last week, but it is an all time favorite of mine. One that I hear God whisper to me through tears when I feel like a complete and utter failure:
Expect love, love, and more love!
“Expect love, love, and more love”…don’t you love that?!
Song of Solomon 4:7