He Delights in Us

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“He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.” Psalm 18:19
One thing I have never claimed to be is a great theologian.  Definitely not.  I am, however, a woman who loves the Lord passionately.  I am still learning how much He loves me.  It’s amazing.
He bought me a hot tub!  Well, my husband actually bought it for me.  God however gave us the means to buy it.  Hence, God bought me a hot tub.
It’s the why which is what amazes me.  It’s not because we’re trying to keep up with the Jones’s.  It’s because I couldn’t walk.  Literally.  For the past year, by the end of the day, I am limping in pain.  I’ve been praying diligently I wouldn’t rupture my achilles.  I’ve started doing yoga three times a week.  I stopped playing tennis.
It’s been bad.  Worse than I realized.  Do you know how I know that?  Because Ron bought me a hot tub so I wouldn’t be in pain anymore.  No lie.
We went on vacation this summer for a week.  The house we rented had a hot tub in it.  I was doing a certification for tennis.  We were on the court from 9:00 in the morning until 6:00 in the evening.  Taught by a 74 year old  Serbian who had just run his 43rd consecutive Boston Marathon.  He didn’t know the meaning of the phrase, “water break”.
My tennis partner suggested we get in the hot tub at the end of that first long day.  So we did.  As well as the next day and the next day and the next day.  Every day but one while we were on vacation I got in the hot tub.
I would put my achilles up against the jet and let it massage the pain away.  It was amazing.  By the end of the week, for the first time in over a year, I was walking pain free.  I couldn’t believe it.  It felt so good.
We came home from vacation on Sunday.  Three days later, on Wednesday, Ron bought me a hot tub.   I told him I wanted to start thinking about getting one.  I never thought we would get it so soon.  I just wanted to go look.  There were no intentions of  buying one at all on my part.   Not Ron, he asked me which one I wanted and bought it.
Ron bought me a hot tub so I wouldn’t be in pain anymore.  I have never felt so loved before in my life.  By Ron, but also by God.  It’s answer to prayer for me.  I’ve been praying for over a year for my achilles to be healed.  I only have one job where I sit.  All my other jobs, I’m on my feet.  I’ve been asking God that I’ll be ready when he calls.  Physically as well as spiritually.  If someone needs help moving, I want to be able to do it.  Here’s some examples:

  • I love mowing my father-in-laws property for him.  It serves him.  It serves my husband.  Love being able to take that off their plate.
  • I love going golfing with my brother.  It’s a way we connect like we never have before in all our years.
  • I love being able to work alongside my husband physically.  Whether it is unloading pavers, holding up beams or shoveling gravel.  It’s my favorite way to help him.
  • I love teaching tennis to kids who otherwise may never have learned to play.

It is all answer to prayer.  From God giving me an amazing husband to taking delight in me by giving me a hot tub.  I prayed for years and years for Ron.  I prayed for over a year to be healed from pain.  I don’t know why one happened sooner than the other, but neither of them happened overnight.
I saw a sign this past weekend.  The words were so true:
“I still remember the days when I prayed for all the things I have now.”
It’s true.  I really do!

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