Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Our Pantry Project has turned out a bit like any project that we’ve tried to perform on our fixer-upper home: problems at every step. It doesn’t seem to matter how much planning or preparation goes into it, inevitably: something is missing; something unexpected pops up requiring more tools or materials; or something just goes wrong. My poor husband is a bit frustrated as you can imagine, but has persevered nonetheless, for which I am proud of him.
It’s easy to place expectations on something that I have planned for, and when things go sour, it is also easy to let my feelings move beyond disappointment to frustration or anger, etc. I see this happening in my husband, too, but whereas in the past, he has subsequently “thrown in the towel,” now he continues to press on. I pray that I can be a great support to him, and a partner who can point him back to God.
I must admit that when I try to point him back to God, I often feel that the words are trite, or may even exacerbate the situation. My conviction, though, is that I should still do it. Even if the words I think of aren’t the best, it is still my job as his wife to point him back to Christ. I work on the words to use, but I shouldn’t keep silent if they aren’t perfect. Granted, there are certain situations where it is best to wait. Today, however, as he had a moment of frustration, all I could think to say was something like, “I’m glad the Lord has a reason.”
I don’t want to always call him out, but I do want to point him to the Lord, and I think, however, trite it may have been, that I was able to accomplish that today. The Lord will use my words as He sees fit. I pray that God did use my words to help my husband today, and I thank Him for my husband’s perseverance.