People talk about how living happily ever after and riding off into the sunset isn't reality. They're right if they are referring to the fact that no marriage is perfect. There is one relationship, though, where we are guaranteed to ride off into the sunset, always satisfied for the rest of our lives.
The other day I was riding my bike at sunset, my favorite time to ride. The best moment for me is when I come to a certain point on my normal bike route, I begin coasting downhill, pasts a bazillion pine trees which smell absolutely wonderful, the wind whipping through my hair, and as I gaze ahead I see a beautiful sunset through the trees. As I was on this journey the other day, a path I have taken literally hundreds of times I heard the voice of the Lord speak to me, "you know, you really can ride off into the sunset with me...for the rest of your life, and be perfectly content." Yes, it's possible.
I'm not mad at Larry nor have we just had an argument! I'm not writing this for any other reason than sharing what the Lord showed me about contentment in relationships. I love my husband but the truth is -- he and I are both human so therefore, sometimes things aren't "perfect" in our relationship. The good news is that our relationship with Jesus can always be one of contentment and joy.
If we find ourselves struggling with unmet expectations from our spouse -- frustrated when they don't change or do what we want them to do, remember that often we expect from them what only God can give! Have we been placing expectations on our husband or wife (or anyone!) that God never intended for us to have? Some of us need to let our spouses out of prison and ride off into the sunset with Jesus...