A Bowl of Soup
January 21, 2024
I love the little details. A single thought from my husband about me is more precious to me than any jewel.
We live in a small corner of the whole wide world, yet even a small corner can seem overwhelming. There are many distractions and responsibilities, work that needs to be done, and relationships that require quality time. My husband and I are like most couples, we have children to teach, guide and care for, bills that need to be paid for, and sometimes we have a desire to get away and see more than just this corner of the world. Though that sounds easy to do, it really isn’t. However, that joy that I have within me never stops even in the time of overwhelming. It is always sweet and refreshing. Instead of a new hair brush, my husbands’ fingers run through my hair to help untangle it. Instead of a candlelight dinner, there is a warm bowl of soup right when I need it.
“… Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.’” (Mark 12:43-44, NIV)
I do not desire my husband to love me with an offering of ten percent of his day. Nor does my husband enjoy that I love him with ten percent of my heart. Out of all those needs and responsibilities, we seek and desire to give everything, every thought for each other as we go through this often-overwhelming life. If there is a storm, we know it cannot break the hands that we hold through the cross.
If life is not an easy route, neither is marriage. Marriage is similar to life and just as Jesus said to us, we all will have troubles. Therefore, the attitude you have about your life and marriage is very important. When my husband brings me a cup of coffee in the morning, I smile with sleepy eyes while I am working on my writing. I love his words of concern when he notices that one of our children needs a heartfelt talk.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21, NIV)
How blessed the heart is of the one who loves and cares for others! How blessed a marriage is in which the husband and wife love and care for each other in the same way that Jesus loves and cares for them!