Photo by Cori Lusk Ford
As he hurriedly walked through the house with a level and tape measure in one hand and his phone to his ear with the other, he stopped to smile at me as I held the sleeping body of our 8-month old baby girl. He was on the phone with a project coordinator lining up contracts for our telecommunications company. His business call ended. His smile turned to glossy eyes as he admired what he called a “beautiful sight”. He updated me on the content of the business call- as I was now our Office Manager. We were more a team than ever. We were new parents who both had the privilege of working from home—which is where we both desired to be. With one another and the new edition to our family. How blessed we were. And we discussed that often. Nothing was short of the Grace of God. During the hustle and bustle of this day—Cody asked me a question that still crosses my mind on the regular, “If something were to happen to me, can you handle all of this?” I looked at him, and immediately shook my head “no”. His next words will never leave my mind… “My Wife Can.”
He was referring to life. He was referring to the remodel of our home. He was referring to taking care of our precious baby girl who was demanding of attention. He was referring to running our telecommunications company. He was referring to the upkeep of our home, vehicles, and our fur babies. He was referring to the life we had created. Could I handle this without him? What an odd question to ask. And just weeks before he departed from this earth.
“My Wife Can.”
Such three simple words. These three simple words have changed my mentality these last 6-months.
His Wife could.
I am she.
So many times a day, doubt seeps over me. I second guess my every decision of the last 6-months. I doubt my newly single parenting skills. I beat myself up over the slightest failure- or what I see as a failure. But then I hear those words—“My Wife Can”. And I stand a little taller. My God confidence arises again. I am called for a time such as this. For whatever reason—This is the path the Lord has ordained for my feet to walk. So I shall. With faith, with hope, with peace, with joy. Faith, hope, peace, and joy. Those four words, those four beautiful action words seem impossible to encompass during seasons of grief. But they’re not. With God, all things are possible. I am living proof of that. That is not an arrogant statement. It is a testament to the living power of Jesus who resides in me. In reference to we are the bride of Jesus and He is the Bridegroom—I can hear my Lord saying, “My Bride Can”. We are the Bride of Christ. That is beautiful. That is all-consuming to grasp. I am the Bride of Christ. You are the Bride of Christ. I am not alone during this ‘aloneness’ season of life. And with Him…I can.
If my soul is stirred with the memory of my Husband’s voice proclaiming “My Wife Can”, oh… how much more my soul and spirit awaken when I hear the sweet and powerful voice of my Lord decreeing “My Bride Can”.
“For your Maker is your husband, the LORD of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called.” Isaiah 54:5
I Trust my God, I Trust my God, I Trust my God.