Monday, September 3, 2012

In a Cord


Something happens to people in times of pressure and unsettled times.
They either lean in to those that are close to them or
they panic and close down in an attempt to protect themselves.

You can see this played out in marriage.
At first it does not seem to make any difference in the relationship,
but over time a couple either grows apart or
they become closer and closer until they truly are one.
The longer into a marriage a couple is, the more pronounced this becomes.

This is where I am right now.
In the middle of unsettled times. 
For some time now my marriage has been tested.
Would it be able to adapt to this season?
Would it be a time of loneliness and strife?

Every marriage is tested
This is not new

One day your life looks this way
and the next it looks that way
No choice in the matter

For me, it has been amazing
I have never felt closer to my husband.

Honestly, I was afraid that I would get weary of having him around 24/7
and that he would get sick of me as well.

But God has been very good to us.
He has taught us to use this time He has given us well.

We have prayed
We have laughed
We have traveled
We have mused
We have painted
We have read
We have ran together
We have cleaned
We have thrown things away
We have sharpened one another
We have encouraged one another
We have challenged one another 
We have discussed anything and everything

All the time, growing closer to one another and to our Lord

I see this time as a perfect gift from our Heavenly Father

Oh, how I am going to miss this...
And yet, I know we are ready to move on to the next season

I have come to understand this verse more than ever:

"Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor.
For if either of them falls the one will lift up his companion.
But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.
Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm,
but how can one be warm alone?
And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him.
A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart."
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

I know there are many who are not in a cord with those closest to them.
All I can say is,
It is not God's intention that we live alone, without the one anothers.
We need each other
and it takes hard work to keep the cord intact.
You must fight for it
For the world will try to unravel what God has put together.
I encourage those of you that feel your cord unraveling
to hold tight to God
and hold tight to those that God has given you.

There is hope

I believe God smiles down on us when we are in a cord.

So, cry out
look up
and lean in

I can tell you from experience
those things you think you need to hold on to
are nothing
absolutely nothing.

In the end being in a cord
is what matters.

I am blessed to know this full well.  



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