Monday, August 31, 2009

Washing Off the Dirt

Last night as my husband and I washed the dishes, we also helped each other with some dirty places in our hearts. I could have put them in the dishwasher, but somehow the time standing over the sink together seemed important, even sacred.

One of our pastors is always talking about how we have to get alone and quiet in order to hear from God about the condition of our hearts. And it has to be longer than five minutes. So, I went out yesterday afternoon to grab coffee and be quiet. I purposefully left my iPod at home (I'm weak). I sat outside in amazing 80 degree weather and watched the clouds collide, brushing past one another and never stopping. I emptied out some selfish thoughts and tried to figure out why they've resided in my heart. I asked God to forgive me and for crying out loud, to change me! And I felt better, I felt refreshed...

And then I went home.

Back to square one.

Back to being critical, back to being negative, back to being pessimistic.

So, back to the dishes. With every dish I wiped, another bond was strengthened between my husband and me. The more open we were with each other, the more we got to know each other. It's ironic that the more "dirt" you have on your spouse (as we joke with each other), the deeper your love grows.

Proverbs 31:11 says, "The heart of her husband trusts in her..." (ESV)

I'm so thankful for a husband who trusts in me, and whom I can trust as well.

One day last week our family watched a movie that I've been instructed (ahem, threatened) not to mention...and as I laughed and poked fun at my husband for actually liking it, I mentioned that this was a new piece of dirt I had on him. He just smiled and said, "You're my wife. I would hope you'd have a lot more dirt on me than that."

And isn't that what being married is about--helping each other wash off the dirt?

Thank You so much, Lord, for the husband You've trust me with.

Peace of Christ to you,

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