“It is God to whom and with whom we travel, and while He is the end of our journey, He is also at every stopping place.” - Elisabeth Elliot
With my head on the pillow, and all the lights out, my mind sifted my soul before I fell asleep last night.
It has been a week full of emotions, happenings, complications, frustrations, joys, and some very sad things. I thought of two faithful sons of God who went on to meet Jesus this week. Rolling around in my head was the week's drama in the news, drama with my kids, drama with our house, and drama that really only existed in my own mind.
How is a girl to sort through it and know what to do with it all?
Lying beside me in the stillness is my best friend, the one who loves me most of all. He is the calm in my storm, and the drama usually ends when I lean into the sound of his voice. He is wise, he is true, he is a gift in my life.
It is possible that I am the luckiest girl in the world. Do other people feel like their marriage is a safe harbor? Does the love of their best friend seem like a room full of balloons and a chocolate cake big enough for the whole world?
I don't know for sure. But I hope everyone finds this kind of love in life.
Because a faithful friend makes all the wacky junk of life seem less important. When he laughs at my story from Target, it doesn't matter who was a jerk in the check-out line or what I wanted to say but didn't have the guts to utter aloud. As he tells me his thoughts on pressing social issues, analyzes insignificant family problems, and catalogs the reasons homemade ice cream is fantabulous, everything just makes more sense. I savor the miracle that this man understands that it's perfectly normal for me to want a Coke and a bubble bath in the middle of a hard homeschool day. He's just the best ever.
If love on earth is this beautiful, I'm pretty sure that means life is good, and heaven will be even better.
All the drama is worth sludging through, knee-deep in the garbage of life on earth, because this man is beside me, laughing at my jokes, holding my hands, rolling his eyes at my own drama, and cheering me on.
Happy weekend to all my friends, near and far. I hope you have someone to share your drama with today, and if you don't, I pray God comes nearer to you and cheers you on as you wait for love to grow and bloom.
Truly, we are the luckiest people in the world. God offers us a safe harbor in Himself, full of love, laughing at our stories, rolling his eyes at our silly jokes, and knowing us perfectly.
At the end of the day, may we lay our heads on our pillows and remember, we are loved.