where no words
Sometimes I need an interpreter so others can understand me. Because I mix up my words. all. the. time.
My husband and I had just started dating, and I was still in high school. Several nights a week, I worked a part-time job which is where I happened to meet my boyfriend. One evening, my then-boyfriend (now-husband) picked me up from work to take me home. I was so tired. Tired from going to school all day and then standing on my feet at work. I confess, I have never had a lot of stamina, and I am always tired… and sometimes I say things that make absolutely no sense. Ok…lots of times. But the funny thing is- when you really know one another- you just know what the other person is thinking. I remember the rain falling on this particular evening, and I was staring out the window as he pulled into my driveway.
“I’m so tall…” I said in the most exasperated voice I could muster, staring out the window with my eyes barely open.
I heard my future husband start to laugh.
And I looked at him, totally confused…
“Babe, don’t you mean you’re so tired?” he said.
I began to laugh as I realized what I actually said. The funny thing is – I am tall- 5’10” to be exact, but he knew exactly what I was thinking when my words failed me.
You know what’s awesome about that? God does the same thing with us. He knows us so intimately that He understands our hearts, and knows the intention behind our words and our actions. We never have to lament over our words, or worry about how they might come across- because He knows us, and He knows our heart so intimately.
Sometimes I have to remind myself this when it comes to my relationships. How many times do you read too much into someone’s words? Instead of misinterpreting them, I need to remember their heart and believe that the best way to receive their words is always with love.
To this day, I still say “I’m so tall” to my hubby… and we both laugh. Because after all these years, all I have to do is utter that phrase… and it takes us right back to that special night- nearly 20 years ago!
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8