Monday’s are sort of reflection days for me — maybe they are for you, too. It sort sets the pace for the week in reflection & prayer as I work around our home. I reflect on what was shared in the Sunday meeting — the messages, songs, prayers… etc., etc. I also reflect on whatever else happened over the weekend — which, most weekends, is at least one event or another.
My mind sort of floods with thoughts of Saturday. I had the privilege to speak at a retreat in Olympia and the faces of the women are seemingly right before me — precious women whose hearts are to serve the LORD and serve their families. As is often the case after such an event, the day sort of replays in the theater of my mind and I second-guess or doubt what I shared – doubt whether they were the right messages or if there was offense or whatever. It always seems as though the enemy slips in a doubt or an attempt cloud to my thoughts as I share some challenging or thought provoking message.
I know this is especially true when I attend a retreat with convicting or inspiring messages, the enemy seems to relentlessly attempt to thwart my attention or a distracting thought comes my way or whatever. My husband was of great consolation to me as he prayed for me – and shared with me that there must’ve been something significant against the enemy for him to pester me so — something against worldly ways that would be damaging to the enemy agenda. And I thought on that — or I think on those thoughts today — and realize that whenever I speak strongly about marriage, the different roles of men and women and the biblical design for wives and mothers, there is great opposition – and so I am trusting the LORD today for the outcome and trusting Him for the hearts and minds of each of the women in attendance and their families, too.
Christian womanhood is quite under attack – and when even the ‘teachers’ and ‘preachers’ of the land will not speak Truth, it is no wonder. It is no wonder there is such confusion when the very Word of God is not revered and taught. For if the Word were clearly taught, so much of what we’ve come to accept — socially — would have to go; so much of what we think we want, need or like would have to go; so many of our own agendas, preconceived notions and personal preferences would be challenged and judged – and enormous changes would necessarily have to take place. And… we’d have to face the Truth. Whether we face it now or later, we will face It.
Timothy posted the following note… I think it’s probably from “Stuff Christians Like” — a site that’s a take off on “Stuff White People Like” but I digress. Anyway, I think this is so true:
The matter is quite simple. The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand we are obliged to act accordingly. Take any words in the New Testament and forget everything except pledging yourself to act accordingly. My God, you will say, if I do that my whole life will be ruined. Herein lies the real place of Christian scholarship. Christian scholarship is the Church’s prodigious invention to defend itself against the Bible, to ensure that we can continue to be good Christians without the Bible coming too close. Dreadful it is to fall into the hands of the living God. Yes, it is even dreadful to be alone with the New Testament.”
— Soren Kierkegaard