Longing for something makes it precious. The longer you wait for it the sweeter the reward.
We have been longing for time away. Time to re-connect. Time to be us. And today it begins…
We are leaving on a long-awaited cruise. I told Tom it doesn’t matter where we go or even if we get off the boat. To be with him without distraction is my heart’s desire.
Desire is another word that depicts a healthy aspect of marriage. To desire something rightly is to want it for the good of the one you love. I desire to see Tom fully relaxed and without care on this trip as he does for me.
Another aspect of desire in marriage is to desire to glorify God in how we love each other. This brings Him pleasure for we are to be a reflection of how Christ loves the church and sacrificially gave Himself for her.
My husband is a good example of one who represents Christ. I am the grateful recipient of both his love for me and God’s love expressed through him to me. What a gift I don’t take lightly.
Friday night will be a full moon. We will be at sea and like on our honeymoon cruise we will marvel at the beauty God created. On that first cruise we were young a looking forward to what God would do in our lives together.
This cruise we are looking back over 44 years with gratefulness and humility as we see His hand guiding us every step. He is faithful to His people and His creation. The sun and moon are daily examples. Our lives are examples as well.
His desire to redeem us and His longing to know us, makes it possible for us to give our longings and desires to Him. We can entrust it all to his care because He promises to keep all that concerns us.
So it’s time to embark on this long-awaited trip. Many plans in the last 5 years have been canceled for various reasons. It was disappointing then, but makes this trip all the more meaningful.
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.”Proverbs 13:12 ESV