With a squeal of joy the wedding planner just agreed to buy the house from Mena and her mom. Ashley and I smiled and looked over at each other,
“She would be a fun person to know,” Ashley said. I smile as we finished another nightly episode of “Good Bones.”
Late nights spent with my love make me feel safe and secure.
Earlier I snuck an extra question into the nightly three with the girls.
“Who Loves you? … Mommy and Daddy.
Who’s Proud of you?… Mommy and Daddy.
Who Believes in you?…Mommy and Daddy.
Who tickles you? (the extra question)…(giggles galore)…Mr Grumpy Face.”
I look over and struggle to distinguish Christy and Isabelle from the mountain of stuffed animals sharing their bed. I smile and pray and start to sing. “Jesus loves me this I know…”
Loving my daughters gives purpose and warmth
What if I threw away the warmth of quiet nights and the pleasure of giggles? What if I sacrificed all that for a life of a prostitute? What if Ashley did? Would God love me…her?
Hosea the prophet learned that God loved prostitutes…and Israel.
In short God told Hosea to marry a prostitute and have kids. Gomer, his wandering wife shortly left her three children and turned (or returned) to prostitution. Instead of ordering her death (which culturally he could have) Hosea received different instructions:
“And the Lord said to me, “Go again, love a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress, even as the Lord loves the children of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love cakes of raisins.” So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a lethech of barley. And I said to her, “You must dwell as mine for many days. You shall not play the whore, or belong to another man; so will I also be to you.” For the children of Israel shall dwell many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or pillar, without ephod or household gods.”
Hosea 3:1-4 ESV
God used Hosea’s marriage to illustrate a simple yet profound point.
Israel couldn’t outrun God’s love.
Gomer (what a name) couldn’t out-shame the love of her husband. Israel couldn’t embarrass God into giving up on them. You will lose the race of trying to out-sin God’s love.
Hosea paid a price to redeem his bride/prostitute. Doesn’t the Bible say God did the same for us?
“”For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16 ESV
God loves prostitutes and you and I
Ok, the clock just rolled over into Monday so I’ll wrap up. The thought of losing Ashley and the girls takes my breath away. The thought of a God willing to restore that loss to someone who didn’t deserve it humbles my heart.
God loves you. God redeemed you. Warts and all.