“Samuel was angry when he heard this. He prayed his anger and disappointment all through the night.” 1 Samuel 15:11
At year 39 of our marriage, Glen and I experienced marital difficulties. There were a few times we went to bed without resolving a situation that arose during the day. I remember one night when I wanted to say something, but knew if I opened my mouth, even to say, “Good night,” I might add something nasty to it like, “and no, you’re never wrong.”
So, I moved into the spare bedroom and tossed and turned trying to rationalize my actions and figure out my options. I told God everything he already knew and rehearsed what I’d say to Glen in the morning, “I want to leave for awhile and figure out my life…” However my anger and disappointment made it impossible to find peace in prayer.
I wish I could say it only took a one all-night conversation with God to repair our marriage. When in the middle of an emotional hurricane, that’s when it is hardest to pray. We were blessed that our family and friends came through with prayers of intercession. And, with the help of a good family therapist, we began to shed the anger and disappointment that had blinded us to what we really wanted. To restore what God had joined together 39 years earlier.
Help us, Lord, work through our anger to resolve disappointments. Amen.