Monday Morning Club–“Always the Same”

It has been a good break. We’ll get back up to speed enjoying some great stuff I have been squirreling away over the past month or so.  Ready?  Here’s Claudia Barba’s Monday Morning Club…and it’s a good one!

The conversation lasted only about 15 seconds, but I have never forgotten it. I had greeted a pastor friend at a ministry

"But sometimes--right there in his very own kitchen--he encounters the Wicked Witch of the West instead. He is bewildered by his quick-change artist of a wife, and surely he sometimes wishes she were more stable."

conference and asked about his wife. “She’s fine,” he answered. Then he paused, and a grin spread across his face. “She’s the same every single day!”

What unexpected, unusual praise! I wondered at it all through the service that followed. Of all the things a man in ministry might praise about his wife (beauty, hospitality, hard work) he chose her constancy. “The same every single day”—why would he set such value on that? Why did that compliment come so quickly to his mind?

Maybe because it’s so rare. A woman, after all, is seldom the same two minutes in row. Our spirits tend to sway with our circumstances. They are flattened by small criticisms or sent soaring by the tiniest bits of praise. Since the ministry is a roller-coaster sort of life, a ministry wife has plenty of opportunities (and every excuse she could ever want) for her feelings to move up and down with it. Add in the stresses of home and children, not to mention those pesky hormones, and . . . pity her poor husband.

When he comes through the door at the end of his day, wearied by the minutiae of management, mind-numbed by hours of study, or drained by a day of circling wandering sheep, there’s nothing he longs for more than the steady companionship of the sweet wife he kissed goodbye in the morning. But sometimes–right there in his very own kitchen–he encounters the Wicked Witch of the West instead. He is bewildered by his quick-change artist of a wife, and surely he sometimes wishes she were more stable.

She can be, but not by herself. Stability is not innate or effortless for most of us female-type humans. Only in Christ is “no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” He is the solid, immutable Rock of Ages, and He can keep you stable. When your earth quakes, anchor your thoughts to His unchanging promises. When storms roll in, hide in His shadow. When you’re too tired to handle the demands of the day, let Him be the Rock of your strength. When your heart is unsatisfied, let the sweet water flowing from the Rock quench your thirst. Whenever any scary or upsetting thing happens, just run straight to the Rock. Climb on, settle down, and stay there. Your emotions will stabilize, your inner witch will melt away, and you (to your husband’s delight) will become more and more like your Savior–the same every single day.

“For who is God, save the LORD? And who is a rock, save our God?” (2 Samuel 22:32).


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