|God's guarding all that concerns you, Senior Pastor's wife!|
You guys will understand this post.
Recently, a pastor's wife asked me [online]how I manage "church groupies". She was referring to those poor women that fall in love with the persona of pastors. Her question, direct in nature, evoked several emotions - ironically, irritation was one of them. I wasn't angry at the person for inquiring. It was something else.
You know, after over twenty years of walking with the Lord, I understand a “little bit” about how this Christian "thing" works. I also understand (and have fallen victim to) the tired, age-old plots of the enemy of our souls. He tries the same schemes in numerous ways to “trip” you up on your Christian walk and pull you away from God's plan for your life. Sometimes, we help him, but more often than not, he's the guilty party planting those initial seeds in your unsuspecting mind. This "dance" of sorts, creates the need for us to make a decision. We must choose whether we will trust God or trust our own abilities or sensibilities.
Once, after my husband preached, a woman took hold of his neck as he was greeting people. I thought nothing of it, until I saw the expression on his face. Needless to say, I sternly took her hands from my husband. I don't think she meant any hard, just overly excited...wrong word...but, you know what I mean.
Ok. I'm still in subject, trust me. This is important.
So, yes, sometimes, we have to set boundaries. I get that. But other times, the enemy will try to use women in the church to steal your peace. This is all part of his sinister plan. We must have our minds made up, convinced and sure that God is going to protect, secure and handle issues in our lives.
Back to the question and why I was frustrated.
Let me first say, I'm no where near perfect, nor have attempt to imply that I have "arrived".
To that, I say...Puh-leaze!
I'm not perfect, least of all, in the ability to protect myself. Hey, aside from God, I have no power to guard my home, my children, myself and least of all, my mate. I must rely on God and His ability to sustain every part of my life and everything in it. It's all Him; He holds everything together. Of course, my husband plays a role, but ultimately, his accountability is to God and should he ever descend to wickedness, God can handle him much better than I ever could!
So, I really don't stress or lose much energy over what too many people do anymore. Yes, sometimes, trusting is a struggle, but I'm training my spirit; beating it into submission until this discipline becomes part of the very core of nature. Thank God for the Holy Spirit....and my mama! (ha ha)
God protects everything in our lives and it would be useless for us to lose sleep trying to do His job. Even when you *think* He's let you down, you realize eventually, that He didn't. Nothing is impossible with Him and He never slumbers or needs sleep. However, I do. So, with that….all God needs for me to say is…"goodnight". Honey, He's got it covered.
Will you join me as I continue to re-program my mind,
heart and emotions to trust God's ability to handle....well, everything?
"Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain."
Also, check out:
2 Cor. 2:11