The early morning light filtered through the bedroom window. I poked my husband gently so he’d roll over on his side. This slight gesture usually ends the snoring. Before falling back to sleep myself, I looked at him for a moment or two, realizing I was finding God in my spouse right then and there. As I gazed at his snow white hair and matching beard, and pictured the bright blue eyes behind his closed lids, and touched the comforting texture of his cheek, I saw again what a gift he is.
I was careful not to awaken him, for I didn’t want to interrupt his rest, but I did want to linger over his countenance long enough to appreciate the man he is, my husband, my best friend, my partner in life. In the quiet hour I had time to thank God for my husband, Charles, for his strong presence in our blended family, for his deep love for each of us, and for the commitment he has to living a life of charity and integrity.
He’s not a perfect man—but he’s perfect for me! We have our ups and downs as couples do, but whenever I take time to step back and contemplate what we have together, I am humbled with gratitude and praise for God who has chosen the one who is right for me while I make my way through life. It’s easy to find the faults, to wish this or that were different, to want more of this or less of that, but when it comes down to it, finding God in my spouse is one of the best ways for me to turn my heart to the Lord in prayer, for he has done great things for me through the love of my husband.
Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them (Colossians 3:18-19 NIV the Bible).
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