Some friends recently recommended to me author Francine Rivers. I started with her Lineage of Grace series, featuring the five women listed in Jesus’ lineage. I thoroughly enjoyed the first in the series, Unveiled, based on the life of Tamar.
I couldn’t wait to read the other four, but they were all checked out at the library. While I waited for them to be returned, I checked out Francine Rivers’ novel, The Scarlet Thread.
Wow! What a great book. It is about two women, separated by centuries, but joined by a journal and a life spiraling out of their own control. Sierra is a woman of the nineties, experiencing the breakdown of her marriage. Mary Katherine is a woman facing the struggles and uncertainty of life on the Oregon Trail.
One thing that really struck me about the book, toward the end, was Sierra’s realization that God had used her husband to grow her faith. I thought that was really interesting because I’ve been reading Elizabeth George’s A Woman After God’s Own Heart, in which she points out essentially the same thing. In Mrs. George’s chapter entitled “A Heart That Submits,” she says:
Your husband is your life mate. Whatever he is like, he is God’s good and perfect gift to you, part of God’s plan for your personal fulfillment and, more important, for your spiritual development.
Wow! Doesn’t that put a different spin on the marriage relationship? I believe, with all my heart, that God brought Brian and I together and, I confess, sometimes I find myself thinking that I’m the spiritually mature one. (Please tell me that I’m not the only one who does that. I might need to re-read my post on judgement.) The fact is, however, that Brian is as spiritually mature, if not more so, as I am, but in different ways.
We compliment each other, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Brian challenges me to greater spiritual growth in areas where I am weak and he is strong.
God knew what He was doing when He put us together and I hope that I can keep that in the forefront of my mind and not lose sight of that fact. God put us together to love and support one another, to help and befriend each other and to stretch and to grow one another.
Thank you, God, for my husband.
The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. (Gen. 2:18, 22-24)
So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate. (Matthew 19:6)
Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.