From a wife with an unbelieving husband. She has been on this journey for about 5 months now, and it has been quite difficult. Her husband has felt very disrespected for a long time. Things are quite tense, even now. Her husband has even threatened to leave a few times in recent weeks. But her faith in God is growing by leaps and bounds and what He is doing in her is SO BEAUTIFUL!!!!! I appreciate her willingness to allow me to share:
For a day that didn’t start out that great, I’m doing pretty good now. I woke up to my husband yelling at me about his clothes in the dryerstill being wet and now he was scrambling trying to get ready for work and how ridiculous it was that I thought what he did didn’t make sense when obviously I should know better than to put so much in the dryer.
I could hardly process it and all I said was I was sorry before he stormed out to work. He had cleaned out his truck of all his work things that had gathered up over the past while and brought in a bunch of dirty clothes.
I thought I would bless him by doing a bunch of laundry while he was out in the evening.
I left the last load in the dryer and went to bed. I didn’t mean for it to still be wet in the morning.
I was so discouraged. It seems even my attempts to bless him backfire. I can’t get things right or he misinterprets my intentions. I was determined not to get angry or feel sorry for myself, though, and was praying that God would help me to bless him and know how to respond to him.
I really focused on one statement that he said when he was upset that described what he was feeling underneath his anger: “You think what I do doesn’t make sense.” How frustrating for him! To feel like I’m always judging or looking down on or trying to change what and how he does things. How utterly disrespectful of me! So, while part of me was hoping that maybe the dryer was broken and the clothes being wet wouldn’t be my fault so he’d feel bad about yelling, I was glad for this glimpse into his perspective so that I could focus on how he was feeling/hurting instead of myself which would’ve led to self-pity and resentment and nowhere good.
Now, I think there’s something else that came to my awareness through this.
Maybe I’m doing these things to bless him, yes, but also with not exactly expectations, but hopes that he’ll notice and feel badly about how he’s treating me. I should be doing the laundry for Jesus! 🙂 To honor Jesus by blessing my husband and being respectful and submissive despite my husband’s actions, without expectations or even hopes for any change. This is hard! It’s hard not to hope for things to get better and not to think about how maybe if I do certain things it will help make things better. How do I keep myself from thinking like that instead of focusing on Christ? I guess just by constantly examining my motives and repenting when they’re not exactly pure.
Anyway, I was still thinking on all this when my husband called! He asked how our son was, who has a cold, but that seemed a bit odd to me. He doesn’t usually call without a specific reason.
Then, he said he was sorry! That he didn’t mean to freak out at me, but was just really frustrated that all his clothes were still wet.
It’s a good thing he couldn’t see how shocked I was! An apology was the last thing I was expecting! I thought at best, it just wouldn’t come up again. I thanked him and apologized again, trying not to defend myself, but just saying I was trying to be helpful and I didn’t mean to overload the dryer and cause him so much frustration.
This precious sister of mine is in a DIFFICULT situation. BUT – she sees with God’s eyes now. She sees how this argument was a chance for her to discover a bit more of her husband’s pain. She sees how God used this painful situation to help her uncover her true motives and to refine her faith. AND – she sees how when she obeys God and seeks to honor and please Him alone, He is able to speak to her husband – even though his heart is distant and hard right now.
Please join with me in praying for this couple – for his salvation and for her to be strong in Christ and to be the godly wife and missionary God calls her to be “without a word” who can win him by the respectful and chaste way she conducts her life. (I Peter 3:1-2).
I appreciate her willingness to share. This is a LONG, LONG journey. But God has grown my friend’s faith by leaps and bounds. She has SO MUCH MORE of Jesus than she has ever had in her life. She is even experiencing God’s peace and joy in the midst of this fiery trial many times. It is a difficult battle – she knows that her husband is not her real enemy. And she faithfully stands in the gap to pray for God’s best for him and for God to open his eyes that he might experience the abundant life, peace and joy that Jesus offers to him.
This friend is such a blessing to me. I can’t wait to see all that God has in store for her!