Mr. Fix-It

Our Wedding Day
Reconciliation and a Nap
This past Sunday was slated to be a long-anticipated “free day.” Our only plans were to meet friends for the evening service at church and then enjoy their company for dinner. After a particularly hectic season, I was looking forward to a restful, quiet day. A nap was to be the highlight of my afternoon.
Then our day veered off course. I interrupted Rich with an ill-timed comment; his response stung. I fled to the sofa and hid in a magazine. 
A bit later, he came to me with cryptic comment. Then he went upstairs to nap.
I sat on the sofa, Better Homes & Gardens spread in my lap, and wept onto the pages. This was supposed to be a calm, peaceful day…how had discord so easily wormed its way into our Sunday? I restlessly flipped through the pages of the magazine, disinterested in the latest color trends for living rooms.
Then I prayed, “Father, I don’t know how to fix this. But You do. Bring peace into my heart, into our home, and show us how to reconcile this before it festers.”
It dawned on me, slowly, that my husband’s remark had been his attempt to address our conflict. I reflected on what I might say to him when he awoke to meet him in that healing place and kick our misunderstanding out of my heart.
A few minutes later, he treaded down the stairs and sat down beside me, speaking more directly of the morning’s unpleasant exchange. He apologized. I apologized.
Then we went upstairs together and took a nap. A delicious, tranquil, restorative nap.

6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. 7Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)