Tonight the Olympics will broadcast the closing ceremony of the 30th Olympiad, and I’m sure it’s going to be worth watching. Imagine the thoughts of the athletes who won a medal? This closing is the end of a long training process where they saw their goals reached. It is, I’m sure, a happy closing.
But what about the ones who trained just as hard, but didn’t reach their goal? They are returning home without a medal, but what they do have is many memories of falling short of where they had hoped to be. This closing for them is disappointing, maybe even sad.
We all face closings of various kinds in our lives: closing on a new home (happy), closing of a family business (sad), closing of a relationship (happy or sad), closing of one chapter of life to embrace a new chapter (happy and sad). The emotions which follow us after such closings are to be expected. We are human. We have emotions. And this is how God has made us.
So how do we prepare for closings in our marriage?
The answer is two-fold: We talk about how we’re feeling with our spouse and we pray to the only One who can help us. It is in times like these that we realize how much our life, our marriage, is affected by the decisions we make and the road marked out for us.
The good news is God has not left us to figure out these closings on our own.
He is leading us and guiding us through the daytime as much as He is through the darkness. We can trust Him to help us walk away from the disappointments, the closed doors and the changing seasons with faith for the new doors which are sure to open and the encouraging appointments He has prepared for us.
Spring always follows winter and with it comes new life.
What closings have you faced recently in your marriage? Were they the happy kind or the sad/disappointing kind? How is God helping you embrace the changing season?
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