This one is on my mind right now, as my husband has been working long days this week....
Back when I first got married, I was always so sad to see my husband leave. And, so excited to see him every single time he came home.
When we got back from our honeymoon & he had his first day back on the job, I think I cried. Let me think a second... Yep. I know I cried. So hard to be left alone, when I love you so much. (sob, sob, sob...) And then, just as I was getting used to the whole "husband going to work thing", I got sick. I was so distraught that he had to go to work & leave me at home. Sick. By myself. Bored. Alone. (I was not super ill, folks. I probably had a low grade fever or something... But, I didn't remember this ever happening to me. Seriously. I had lived at home my whole life & with 11 other people in the house, was almost never alone.)
Then serious grief came our way. I often recall one morning when I was crying a lot & felt especially needy. Scott came home for lunch and we had a good talk & I cried more with him. Then, he had to go back to work. I was shocked. I still needed him here. How could he leave me at a time such as this? He knew I was sad. He told me to take my cares to Jesus. Well. That made me mad. How could he just be so pietistic & just tell me to pray about it?
After grumbling for a while & feeling sorry for myself, I guess I stopped & looked to Jesus long enough to realize the truth. The truth is, Scott was right. The truth is, Scott is only my husband. He can't be there to hear all the groanings & troubles & sorrows & worries of my heart. God is God. My husband is not God. Jesus is there for me, to hear my cares. And, he understands them. Like no one else ever can.
Dear reader, always be aware to keep God in His throne & your spouse(friends, parents, children..) in there own place. Do not let your love turn to idolatry.
God will give you all the grace you need. No one else can fill all of your voids. Only Jesus can. You will never be happy & content, as long as you look to your idols to meet your needs.
My husband has seasons of travel for his work. Sometimes we can tag along. Sometimes we can't. Sometimes he just works really long hours & I have the kids by myself from dawn to dusk. And you know what? That's okay. God's grace is sufficient. I don't want to grumble. I want to be thankful that he has a great job that he loves so much. And, most of all, I want to be thankful that Jesus will sustain me through whatever He calls me to. I don't need to throw myself across the couch & sob all day.
I do still want to be super excited to see my husband every time he comes home. That's a good thing.