This past Saturday it was time to say goodbye yet again to our daughter, our son-in-law and our two grandchildren. They had been visiting from Atlanta, (still a very strange concept for me) for over a week, and we had packed everything into the 8 days that we possibly could.
I was tired, but happy. And now….S.A.D.
They wanted to leave at 5:30a., so we got up with them to hold Norah and Bradley one last time before the distance separated us. Tracy cried. I cried. Norah simply said, “Nana, I love you!” Bradley kicked his little foot – his way of expressing his love at two years of age. 🙂
After they pulled out of our driveway, Tom closed the garage door. We attempted to go back to sleep. After a couple of minutes I said, “I can’t breathe!” The effect excessive crying always has on me. Tom didn’t hesitate. He replied, “Do you want to go to the beach to watch the sun rise?”
He knows me well. In seconds we were on our way to New Smyrna Beach toting our chairs, our Bibles and our worship music. Suddenly, I didn’t feel so sad. I had Tom who understood my need to connect with my Savior. He knows the beach offers my best view of eternity. And the realization that he knows this about me without asking turned my sadness into joy.
When we arrived at the shore, the fog had rolled in. In all my years of coming here I don’t think I’ve ever experienced fog on the beach. It was eery. I could hear the surf, but the waves were invisible. As I pondered this, I realized what an encouragement it was to me on this day as I said goodbye to my precious family. Even though I can’t see them, I know they are there. My comfort comes from this fact and not the fog that separates us. It also comes from having a husband who cares for me beyond my wildest dreams. What a gift. And more importantly, what a Savior who created Tom to be the one I would share life and love with here and now.
Spontaneous wins every time, for it is in these moments when we sacrifice our plans out of deep love for our spouse! Do something spontaneous this weekend to show you care!
This is post #8 in the Ultimate Blogging Challenge to post everyday in July.