Friday, October 22, 2010

Beloved, Come Away

"Beloved, come away..."
Song of Solomon 8:14

Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico from Naples, Florida

Getting away as husband and wife.  It's essential.  I'd even say it is biblical.  "Come, my lover, let us go to the countryside, let us spend the night in the villages."  Song of Solomon 7:11

Jim and I were blessed earlier this week to "come away" together.  He was attending a conference for work in Naples, FL, and was invited to bring a guest.  While some Pentagon-level planning was required by me to have things in order at home for the loving care of our cherubs, I knew God ordained this time for Jim and I to get away together. 

Away.  Away from the demands of life.  Away from the endless household chores calling our names.  Away from piles of paperwork needing attention.  And yes, even away from our cherubs.  Though my heart was literally aching from missing them, it was good for Jim and me to get away for a few days together.  It was good for them to have us away, to enjoy time with their grandparents who came to stay with them, to grow in the Lord in maturity, courage and faith in ways that can only happen when daddy and mommy are away.  Room to grow.  

Getting away occasionally gives us all room to grow.  The children grow.  The husband and wife grow.

Quiet conversations that have been cued up for weeks, if not months, are enjoyed.  Holding hands while walking, rekindling young love.  Savoring meals together as best friends and favorite companions.  Away.

Even when I want to really enjoy rich time with our children with great conversations and lots of laughter, I get them away.  Away to a local state park for several hours or away to a casual restaurant for lunch. 
Though it may only be once or twice a year, get away with your spouse!  "Take me away with you—let us hurry! Let the king bring me into his chambers."  Song of Solomon 1:4   If you have an opportunity to join your spouse on a business trip, prayerfully say "yes"!  Ask a friend with a beach house if you can use it for a weekend.  Look for affordable deals on an overnight stay at a hotel close by.  Or even just get away for the day. 

It doesn't have to be expensive.  It just has to be worth it.  And it is.  Plan so get away with your spouse soon.  Beloved, come away.  

"Arise, come, my darling,
my beautiful one, come with me."
Song of Solomon 2:13 



baby love said...


I am happy you got the opportunity to take some time for just the two of you. You deserve it!

Have a blessed weekend!


Warren Baldwin said...

Good advice.