I Will Rejoice

It’s been a little over a week since Aaron left for bootcamp at Fort Jackson, SC.

“It’s different.” This is my usual reply after someone has asked me how I’m doing these days. Different doesn’t even really begin to describe all the aches I feel, but it’s a start.  With Aaron gone for a while, I get to explore what it looks like to live on my own. This is new territory for me as I’ve always had a roommate or lived at home.

I’ve felt unbothered in some moments, and more vulnerable in others. Even the simplest of tasks feel new. Some are more physically demanding than others, like carrying groceries up our two flights of stairs (I’m determined to only make one trip…), and some are emotionally draining, like waiting for a letter.

I’m reminded, especially in this holiday season, today is just as much a gift from the Lord as the last day Aaron was at home. My mailbox is empty and yet I know God is so good. He has been a constant strength; His faithfulness brings peace to my tired mind. I’ve practiced saying Psalm 118:24 as I get ready in the morning. It doesn’t make his absence any nicer, but it redirects my heart.

“This is the day that the Lord has made;
    let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

I’m looking forward to my parents visiting, finishing the semester, and of course seeing Aaron during Christmas break! No big plans for our time together, unless you count the all the Christmas treats we’ll eat. I’m sure he’ll want to catch up on some Netflix, too.

If you think of Aaron these days, say a prayer for him. And me. This is will not be our easiest chapter, but I believe it will be one of the most rewarding.

Have you been separated from your spouse for an extended amount of time? Is your spouse/sibling/friend in the military? What encouraged you?

 

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