“Steve’s wife’s run off again.”
I wasn’t trying to eavesdrop, its just that the old men were talking so loudly over their McDonald’s breakfast that I couldn’t help but hear.
And I thought of another conversation I overhead a few months back. “Did you hear they are divorced now? No wonder, with her being stuck at home with those five kids and all…”
I think of the array of pressures that makes us feel we’re going to implode if we don’t get. out. now.
So we quit our husbands, we quit our kids, we quit relationships, we quit God. Oh, we don’t have to leave to quit either, do we? We can be right there in the middle of it and still be quitters.
There’s another conversation I’ve been privy to. It has changed everything for me. It’s the conversation between a quitter and God. And this woman really did have it bad.
She was a slave and when her owners decided that she was useful for getting what they wanted the most… a child…they used her to get it. Then, after she got pregnant, there was a lot of jealousy and strife so as low hen in the pecking order she was mistreated and abused.
She felt so helpless and alone that she up and left. Ran off. Like Steve’s wife.
She found herself in the middle of a desert. Destitute and pregnant. But she wasn’t alone and she wasn’t without hope.
God met her at her lowest moment and revealed Himself to her so powerfully….so powerfully…that she returned to the couple who had abused her and submitted herself to them.
That’s some kind of God, is all I’ve gotta say.
As I’ve studied the name of El Roi, I’m convinced that understanding the God who sees gives us the capacity to joyfully and willingly endure the hardships in our lives. You can find the bible study here: El Roi Finaland click here to read this post as originally posted.
(Updated post from archives)