I went on a date with my son tonight. He was so cute. He went to his room on his own and put a sweater on over his shirt so that he looked nice for the date. I on the other hand was just wearing my Tennessee hoodie. You see last time we went on a date he MADE me wear a dress. I HAD to be all fancy! Then when he chose where we were going to go eat it was this little mexican fast food joint. Well, lets just say the hoodie was a good choice because he chose the same little restaurant again. The best part though....dinner was only at total of $6.25 for the two of us!!! When they called our number he RUSHED to the counter before me to carry the tray to the table. Then he put the tray down and placed my plate in front of me. When I said thank you he told me "that's what a gentleman does" HOW CUTE IS HE!!!
After that we were off to Target...I know...it's not very "date like" but I had something I needed to get and he was hoping to get a toy out of the deal! He pushed the cart and at one point he wasn't looking when I stopped. He ran into my foot and his little face was just at the right height for his lip to have a run in with the shopping cart handle. YUP...he cut his lip open and there was blood. Luckily it wasn't bad...and nothing a "batmobile" toy couldn't cure! Not to mention a stop at the Target cafe for some ice cream!
As we sat in the cafe I watched a "family". The dad was saying goodbye to his two daughters. The mother...you could see the coldness in her eyes. Her arms were crossed and she wouldn't even make eye contact with him. They debated about whose weekend it was and then he kissed his girls goodbye and told them he would see them next Tuesday. As he walked out the front door of the store he called out to his girls with one last I love and a "call me anytime!"
My heart broke for that family and in that moment I was soooo grateful for mine. For my kids, my marriage, my husband, and for God.
I had to wonder in that moment what had happened to get them to that point. My hubby and I have been through some hard times in our marriage and I'm blessed by how God has taken our struggles and strengthened us. There was something inside of me that wanted to go outside and grab him and sit them down together to share with them the hope of the Lord and how with God a marriage can be restored! There is hope! I wish they knew that there is HOPE! I've seen it! I've watched God restore broken marriages. Marriages that I thought had NO chance.
Now, I realize that I have no idea what they've been through. And I'm not trying to debate what warrants divorce and what doesn't. I'm simply sharing what I've learned in my own life...NOTHING is impossible with God!!!
I pray that as my son grows up and really does start going on dates and eventually gets married that he would cling to the word of God and always choose HOPE!