“Dear brothers and sisters,[a] when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy,” (James 1:2, NLT).
Over the past two years, I’ve been blessed to lead a Women’s Recovery Bible Study. Last night, I drove down the same stretch of highway I’ve always driven. I wrapped my car around the same corner I’ve always turned. Only this night seemed different. Something struck a chord deep within my heart.
It was our last session together.
About 20 minutes into the study, I begin to squirm in my fold-out-chair. I become restless. I wonder, could it be God’s nudge?
Oh yes my sweet sisters, it is surely God’s nudge.
God spoke these words directly to my heart, “Give these women your ‘What Happens When Women Say Yes to God,’ DVD and study materials.” In my mind I found myself in a little debate with God.
“Well God, you know I selected this study because I too needed a refresher course. What if I leave the study guide and keep the DVD?”
Once again God responds, “Give these women ALL the materials.”
Ok God, after all I am a woman who is committed to radical obedience. I will do whatever you require. My response is “yes.”
Later in the evening, we conclude our time with the most powerful prayer I’ve ever witnessed. Twenty heavy-hearted women stand and squeeze together in a circle. Some women are completely broken, some slowly recovering, and some still questioning, “Why?”
Every precious head bows in reverent submission to God, the only One who can make all the difference. They stand side by side. One clammy hand clasps another.
Some grip tighter than others as their wounds are not yet healed. Some bow their heads with faces so streaked with tears, the wetness puddles on the floor. Some struggle with health issues only a miracle can cure. While others finally realize their sinful lifestyle choices are what separate them from God.
These women stand united before their heavenly daddy. Women who have intentionally chosen to go with God’s flow instead of against it. Women who know this choice won’t always be easy.
The prayer begins.
To Be Continued Until Tomorrow....