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Giving Up, Pushing Back

Then the Lord spoke to Jonah a second time: “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh, and deliver the message I have given you.”

This time Jonah obeyed the Lord’s command and went to Nineveh.” (Jonah 3:1–3)

Submitting my marriage commitment to God was only the beginning. Daily, I exercised the practices of not being right, shutting my mouth, and giving grace. I submitted to authority figures in my life, trying with great difficulty not to push back, question decisions, and second-guess their wisdom. I comforted myself with shouting matches while alone in the car and tearful conversations while alone with God. I was stretched, but God was teaching me when I was most receptive: while I was tired, weak, and vulnerable.

The week after our youngest daughter moved out, I asked Greg for a chance to try again. Within days he was back, and I was stretched again. After years of separation, our lives were so different, but so were we. I was able to recognize my former inability to submit to his position as head of our family, which was a leading cause of our strife. But I now knew how to demonstrate respect by allowing him to lead.

In the areas where he was most proficient, I became his cheerleader and helper. In the areas in which I needed help, he became my teacher and instructor . . . which leads us back to the gym.

Refined through Hardship

While we’re at the gym, Greg treats me as he would his most-valued client. This includes promises of increasing the weight on any set I suggest is too heavy. It includes adding circuits to my workout if I’m too tired to remember how many I’ve done. This means insisting I complete one-and-a-half hours of weight training before I get to do what I love: running.

I dislike weight training, cardio, and core work. What I love is running—but running is also my destruction. Without the work in the gym, I fall apart through sprains, tears, and injuries.

My husband has the skill, will, and desire to give me what I love. The only requirement is that I submit to his care. Like my relationship with Christ, my husband’s instruction is direct, but always for my good. If I choose not to follow, then I choose a path unprotected and risk self-injury.

God, too, has given me what I love. Like the joy from running after years of painful sprains, tears, and surgeries, he has given me a renewed marriage of mutual love and respect refined through hardship, discipline, and submission through too many pull-ups.

Edited by: LIKINMENOW at: 9/6/2014 (16:36)
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