Is God a Two-Timer?

Is God a Two-Timer?

“For your Maker is your husband—the Lord Almighty is his name.” (Isaiah 54:5)

 

 

Will you marry me?

There it was, plain as day.  A verse so steeped in nuptial goodness I could hardly read it without a swatch of tulle hanging from my head–the verse that encouraged me to have an impromptu wedding ceremony as I flew to the Peruvian Amazon for the first time.

 

I was a new missionary, still somewhat disappointed that I wasn’t beginning that new chapter with a husband. Then I realized that wasn’t true! I was beginning that journey with a husband, and not just in an allegorical sense.

 

 

Here comes the bride!

I was dead serious. With a ring I bought from a gift shop in Panama during my layover, my Bible, and my vows, I declared myself the bride of Christ so definitively that I knew any earthly mate God might one day give would have to understand he was my second husband, and that the first one wasn’t going away.

 

 

What God hath joined together . . .

I was a happy wife, until somewhere along the way the fact of my husband being your husband, and her husband, and the husband of all who read Isaiah 54:5, became a little unsettling.

 

 

And pardon the revisiting of my New York City roots, but didn’t that make God a two-timer?  And a two-timer a zillion times over?

 

 

I wanted exclusivity.

 

 

And yes, though I knew God was big enough to handle me and anyone else in the universe, there was something bittersweet and polygamous about having to share my intimate partner with every Tallulah, Jane, and Ally.

 

 

Then God settled my angst.

 

He loves me!

One night in the stark darkness of the jungle, though I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face, I noticed the sky was especially clear and bright.  I was amazed at the sheer beauty and expanse of what lay overhead, and I said so out loud to God.  A moment later, one of the stars suddenly shone brighter than all the rest as it shimmied its way apart from the others, then back again.  It was as if God Himself winked at me and said, “Oh, if you like that, you haven’t seen anything yet!”

 

 

He knew exactly how to lift my heart, because He knew my heart.

 

 

He knew me.

 

 

Suddenly, I didn’t care about Tallulah, Jane, or Ally, because I knew no other soul in the universe had my particular relationship with my Savior.

 

 

And I had my exclusivity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sherry Boykin

Sherry Boykin, the founder of Faith and Tales, is a storyteller and chronic believer in the power of faith narratives to change lives. She loves to use biblical and personal accounts to help women move beyond their obstacles, glean fresh perspectives on life, and to live differently as a result. Her experiences in urban and suburban ministries, Peruvian Amazon jungle missions, long-term singleness, marriage and family, and men's dorm-living shape her life and provide a colorful backdrop from which to share the Word of God. Sherry is the author of But-Kickers: Growing Your Faith Bigger Than Your But and she has been interviewed for articles in Time, The New York Times, and Better Homes and Gardens.

This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. Carol Weeks

    It is mind-boggling, isn’t it? Only God can be so big and so intimate at the same time. Good post, Sherry, as usual…

    1. Sherry Boykin

      It is mind-boggling, Carol, and at times it’s a little scary, too.

  2. Cindy Noonan

    Love this post, Sherry! It’s just like God to be exclusive and inclusive at the same time. We can’t always wrap our heads around that. He’s a big God.

  3. Jo Ann Walczak

    Amen. My Maker is my Husband. Such love.

    1. Sherry Boykin

      True, Jo Ann. I almost titled this post, “Why you should never march down the aisle unless you’re already married.”

    1. Butch

      Sa stii ca nu ma supar daca zici ca e super tare articolu cat despre exercitii cu parr:netueMai e o variatie a acestui exercitiu, in care cei doi stau fatza in fatza, si tipa incepe sa zica niste numere aleatorii intre 0 si 9. Tipa le zice destul de rar, iar cand cei doi parteneri vor intra in deep rapport partenerul va spune cirfrele aproape concomitent cu ea.

    1. Sherry Boykin

      Thanks, Hope! That other title really does nail it, doesn’t it?

  4. Thanks, Sherry, for highlighting the warm wonderful truth of God’s love for us, for me. Needed this today.

    1. Sherry Boykin

      Yes, Sarah–it’s the for ME that I hope you felt here!

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