(this photo has nothing to do with the post...just wanted to share...and what good is a post with no photos?)
"It's funny, not really, how the punishment fits the crime in God's economy. The woman took on Adam's headship and now futilely wants it. If she gets it, it's often to her own hurt. Adam, however, passively allows his wife to take charge of the situation. Now all nature fights against his passivity, never allowing him to rest." Sandra-a lady I go to church with...but don't know. :)
I read this quote this morning and it made my heart sing. Because it is so TRUE. I honestly believe that the womens lib movement has done more harm than good...made women more unsafe than ever in history. (Let the verbal beating begin). And I have been so happy to hear a pastor preach so many thoughts on the subject that are in line with GOD's plan and NOT with mans. Many of the thoughts in this post have been spoken from the pulpit of our church where we have been going through a series of sermons on Genesis. And I have honestly never, ever, loved a series of sermons MORE...because I share so many of the same thoughts.
Each Sunday we would discuss God's original plans for how things should be...and how they are now. So much hurt and pain through history because of man's disobedience...and the beautiful redemptive love of a God who cares too much to let us fall into the hands of our own destruction, but instead sends a Hope for our future.
Many will claim that the Bible is not for today. That times were different then and the instructions were for a different people. And what do we even have in common with those people? I say everything. The more things change the more they stay the same. They were "yeah, but" people and so are we.
Let me explain...when I was a social worker, with 30-40 kids on my list of clients that I had to meet with regulary, I had two steadfast rules for them. 1) We never say "shut-up" and, 2) We never say "yeah, but". As in I ask them a question, such as "Do you want to do better in school?" and they respond with "Yeah, but I can't"...or some form of that.
We are "yeah, but" people just like the people of Moses' day.
God delivers them from an ugly situation and they say "yeah, but we don't have water"...God delivers us from an ugly situation and we say "yeah, but we don't have the house we used to".
God gives them water and manna and they say "Yeah, but we want meat".
God gives us a job and we say "Yeah, but I'm not using my degree".
You get the idea. God gives us/gave them good and we respond with "yeah, but it's not enough".
God set up a plan for how the family unit was to be and we say "yeah, but we know a better way". We are constant in our correction of God. I know I am guilty of this.
It has been my theory for years...for as long as I can remember...that you can trace every social problem back to the breakdown of the family unit. And you can trace the break down of the family unit back to a break down of trust and reliance in God. We think we can fix every situation on our own...seek our own solutions and do our own thing...like we know better. We never know better.
I know I am blessed to be in a marriage where my husband seeks God and His plans for our hope and future. This allows me to trust Doug 100% without fear of my safety or well being. I know that not everyone can claim such a thing and truly that grieves me. As much as some may not want to hear it, women were made to be in care of men. Not dominated by or controlled by or bossed around by or hurt by...but cared for and loved by a man who seeks God and HIS intentions. If every marriage was this way...imagine the love and grace in the world?
God created woman to be a helper to her husband. Some read this as derogatory but it is not so...for God called Himself a helper. Woman is supposed to be born into the PROTECTION of the family to be honored, served and protected. Sadly, this is often not the case because of all of our "yeah, buts".
The state of our society today often has me in a whirl of homesickness for Heaven. I'm weird in that the death of a believer, while it does sadden me...also makes me a little jealous. Jealous because the worries of this world are behind them and they are now spending eternity worshiping and hanging out with Jesus.
Someone once commented on one of my posts about how they felt like the world was getting better and better every day. Can I tell you that no comment has ever haunted me more? No comment, not even the all the ugly ones combined, has ever made me more sad.
Are we blessed beyond what we deserve? Yes.
Is God good? Yes.
Is the world a good place and getting better? No, no, no. Nothing is as it was intended. If the world is good...what good would Jesus be?
If there was good in us...what would the point of a redemptive savior be?
We are all knee deep in sin.
We all need the point of life...and that is to glorify God and enjoy HIM.
So that is where my heart is at the moment...swirling and whirling around these concepts and how to apply them to my life...how to pass them on to my children.
And for some reason I feel compelled to share this, maybe you need to hear it, maybe I'll just look pathetic but...
I have read my Bible for years...13-14 years or so. And it is only in the last year that I have LOVED to read it. It has only been in the last year that I can truly say that I savor it...that I miss it when I don't...that look forward to my time reading it because I can FEEL His presence when I do. That is MY time and I treasure it. Can I just encourage you to hang in there? God always shows up.
Never has this been more true:
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Could ever pluck me from His hand
Til He returns or calls me home Here in the power of Christ I stand
And this is where I am in my learning...I always love to hear your thoughts...and as usual, ugly, anonymous comments will be ignored and not published.