Monday, May 21, 2012
I wanna live like that...
My God, the one who redeems, has used Tim in these two hearts, and they are different and their future will be different. This isn't so unusual, though...God is supposed to use us, right? It shouldn't be a surprise when it happens. The part some might find unusual (or dare I even say "sinful"??) is that the relationship Tim has with these two was born about a year and a half ago when my dear husband chose to go to a bar with this new friend of his (the guy in the relationship, not the girl...don't worry...this is not THAT scandalous!!). He even stuck around while this new friend chose to drink more than his fair share so that he could help him get safely back. There are some comical stories about their time together that night and subsequent nights. This guy saw something different in Tim. My hubby, the one my soul loves, is who he is no matter who he is with. He is real. He is honest. He is wise, yet fun. He loves Jesus with all of his heart. He is not afraid to be a friend of sinners (and its a good thing, because if he was, he couldn't be a true friend of his own wife or his own self!!). The man I love is not worried if someone sees him in a bar or with people drinking or even drinking an alcoholic beverage of his own because he knows who he is and he knows the One who has called him and he trusts his God to go before him, preparing the way for relationships that will be built and ministry that will take place.
I love this man...who is full of grace and wisdom and trusts his God to lead him. He is not perfect. In fact, last night when we got in the car, I said, with tears in my eyes, "I can't believe I get to be married to you!" and then quickly followed it up with "but some days I can NOT stand you!!". So, no, he is not perfect, but he is REAL and he LOVES people.
I love this God...who redeems us, who chases us to where we are and uses his people to love us and pull us out of pits. He IS perfect, but in his perfection, he still pours out grace and mercy into our lives, both for our own sake and so that we can then pour it into others' lives.