Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Chasing Eden

My stomach is in knots.  He was just a week out from leaving for an extended job, a return to a war torn land, and what does he do but throw himself full force into hard labor.  From the window I watch him, beat red and dripping salt into the resistant earth.  He strains hard against the curse that sent us guilt ridden out of Eden.

He says I will bear the more difficult job in his absence, but I beg to differ.  I know what lies ahead for him.  The unbearable heat.  The sand  in his teeth long after work is over- every bite of supper crunchy with grit.  The small metal connex box with a room no bigger than my luxurious closet.  The danger that naturally comes with his job not to mention that which comes from a country ill at rest with itself.  The lack of communication or the rising hours before the sun just to get a call out to me.  And all right there between the Tigris and Euphrates.  A far cry from paradise.  And all his thoughts are on creating one for me, an Eden. 

That evening when all the work is done he pulls me in close, and we survey a job well done.  He leans in to quietly speak purpose, "I wanted to make something for you so that every time you saw it you thought of me, how much I love you."


But he just reflects the Lover of our souls and turns my eyes to the One who labors His love out into the open, declaring His deepest heart for us in every blossoming gift.  Some scream, others whisper the sweetest, softening words into our hardened hearts,

I love you.  See how much I love you.

They rain down, the words and gifts.  He tends the soil, for He has broken the curse that keeps us out.  And Eden springs forth.


  1. Beth! Crying over here. So beautiful in more ways than I can say.

  2. Gorgeous...this piece, the photograph, his forward-thinking love, and you.

  3. I love the way this weaves in and out -- and displays God's love and the love for your husband.

  4. Wow. This was so beautiful. I will be praying for your husband's safety and speedy return. Many blessings to you! (saw this post on High Calling)