It has been said that a man’s love for his wife can be seen in his tenderness toward her.
We were sitting by the lake enjoying the surrounding beauty. Nearby was a young family with four children. The dad was playing in the water with the younger three while his pregnant wife was wading along the shore with their oldest son, about 11.
Suddenly the oldest son had an idea. He wanted to row his mother out on the lake in the rowboat. We watched them set out—he rowing his mother while his dad waved goodbye. When they reached the center of the lake we noticed the boy stand up and dive in the water. He then began swimming back to shore leaving his pregnant mother alone in the boat!
She picked up the oars and began rowing. Her husband saw what happened and I overheard him tell their daughter to watch the two younger ones. He dived in and swam out to the boat and pushed it to shore.
Perhaps his wife would have been fine rowing the boat back to shore herself. But her husband was taking no chances. She smiled at him as he gently took her hand and helped her out of the boat. I thought to myself, “What a sweet picture of a man’s tenderness toward his wife.”
Nor did I hear him scold the oldest son for abandoning his mother. But I did see him talk privately with his son while the boy nodded apologetically.
Later we noticed the family praying together before eating their picnic lunch.
I thought to myself, “There’s a man who loves his wife and honors God. How blessed they are!
- Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. Ephesians 5:25