6. “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90.12)
This is my favorite verse in the Psalms and it is a great reminder for marriage. Life has different seasons. The challenge is to recognize the season we are in, appreciate it, and be able to transfer to the next season when it is time. Many couples get stuck and are unable to transition to the next period of life. It takes great wisdom to continually grow as life changes. Kevin A. Thompson
Change is hard. After Baby Girl was born, and it was endless crying, waking up at night, changing nappies, etc. I thought it would never end. I felt desperate. I felt alone. And I have never felt further from my husband than ever before. He focused on providing and making supper, and I was completely consumed by having a baby. It was demanding and certainly the most challenging time of my life I have ever experienced.
But it passed.
And now Baby Girl is already six, in school, and is such a blessing to us. And we can’t ever imagine our lives without her.
I read a quote somewhere, “The days drag by, but the years fly by.” And isn’t that just the truth. It seems like yesterday I got married, but we will be celebrating 16 years this coming January.
And that is what we need to remember – we will all go through tough seasons. We will go through dry seasons, through bitter seasons – but they are just seasons. Spring and Summer will come. New life will come.
If we let it…
We can’t allow ourselves to be lost in Winter, when spring is hovering just around the corner. We have to keep moving forward – one step at a time.
And I thank God for seasons. The hard seasons teach us to rely on Him. The hard seasons can teach us to keep moving forward, even when we feel like our strength is failing us. And then Summer and Spring comes and we’re refreshed and feel strengthened.
Don’t get stuck in Winter.
Allow God’s word and His Holy Spirit to refresh you and to nourish you; to teach you the lessons you need to learn.
And enjoy the Summer when it arrives. For it too, is a season.
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain. And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy; And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields. And you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.
Much of your pain is self-chosen. It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self. Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility: For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by the tender hand of the Unseen, And the cup he brings, though it burn your lips, has been fashioned of the clay which the Potter has moistened with His own sacred tears.