As I read back over my last post on marriage, I realized something... I left out so many important details and much that I already knew about functioning 'families' here. That happens, you see. I sit to write something and forget that you do not have my brain :) ... lucky you!
I asked questions at the end; I love the Socratic method. Asking questions allows me to provoke without showing my hand. Don't you love that?
What are my answers?
Mostly, I lean into grace... it is the only thing that keeps me moving forward. Grace for mothers who have 7 children by different men, none of whom are involved in their children's lives; grace for churches who put heavy burdens on people such that there is no awareness of how to love without rules and conditions; grace for myself when I feel so alone, inadequate, scared, ignorant - you name it. Grace.
As a friend to many women here, the example of a marriage is something I can share. As a follower of Jesus, the example of a life sold out to Him is something I can share. As an imperfect mama, the example of mistakes and redemption is something I can share.
I love Jesus.
Oh, how He loved the woman at the well! He was gentle, yet firm. He was mysterious in His presentation, yet simultaneously simplistic. He offered something eternal to a shunned woman.
He revealed Himself to her!
"I am He," Jesus said. He revealed Himself to a woman of a culture the Jewish people ignored.
Jesus is breath-taking, beautiful, brilliant.
If He were sitting in that outdoor kitchen with me, He would be revealing Himself to Miskito women - forgotten women by Honduran society standards. He would be sharing Himself with them and offering living water.
Oh, how He loves me! He is gentle, yet firm. He has been mysterious in His presentation to me, yet simultaneously simplistic. He offered me, a stained woman, eternal redemption.
He revealed Himself to me; and the least I can do is attempt to share Him with others.
These are my answers to my own questions.
Be blessed today, friends. And may Jesus reveal Himself to you, right where you are. May He offer you living water today and may you drink deeply of it and be satisfied.