Today we revisited the story of Samson’s wife from Judges 13-15. This time we compared our takeaways from last week with testimonials from our own lives, and talked about how we have seen God use heinous acts perpetrated against us, or our disappointments, or devastations to help someone else.
For each one of us, it was the thing we least expected God to do. And mostly that was because we never imagined that God would not somehow intervene–even if in the eleventh hour–even if as by fire, to save us from rape, childhood sexual abuse, family abandonment, emotional and psychological misuse, debilitating illness, or rampant sin, period.
And this was from our group alone.
I’ll bet that if we add to the mix the disturbing stories of Dinah’s rape in Genesis 34, or the two miserable wives of Elkanah in I Samuel 1, or of the woman who is cut up into twelve pieces and sent to each of the tribes of Israel, you, too would be up in arms.
Are we to hear stories like these and just go about our daily business? Or should we beg God for an understanding of these stories, those situations, or of HIM that would land us in a song rather than in a scream?
Does God care about the hurt or devastation of a woman? What can we possibly gain from the hearing of these stories?
And what’s your story?