Time has had her way with my body. Moisturizer welcomes my wrinkles like long-lost friends. The woman in the mirror looks like my mother. I see her crystal blue eyes and hear her in my quick laughter. The lines around my mouth and shadows under my eyes are hers.
I submit to the change. No matter what I do or what I wear, “I am growing old.”
But what about my spirit? What has age done to her?
My spirit secretly smiles because the answer gives her pleasure. Her ugliness has disappeared – transformed into the daily work of the Holy Spirit crafts her into His masterpiece. In my old body, the yielded heart beats strong and true.
The work of the Spirit makes her beautiful.
Impatience no longer screams for first place and the lies of “self” muffled by love for others. Complaints silenced by gratitude. I no longer hurl insults or curse the morning light. With new eyes, I see the truth: My God supplies all my needs in Christ Jesus. This body moves with purpose because she walks in the Spirit.
Does my husband see how I’ve learned the value of submission?
There’s tremendous chatter inside and outside the church about submission. It takes courage to submit. It takes bravery to yield to unanswered questions and questionable actions.
Authentic submission trusts the Lord – not the husband.
In the unfolding of God’s Word, I learned this truth from Sarah, the wife of Abraham. She’s silent in the shadow of her husband’s lie: “Tell them you are my sister.”
Imagine the horror of abduction and being thrown in the Pharaoh’s harem because of such a lie? Would you have trembled in fear, wanting to tell the truth because you know women sent there are never released? Sarah didn’t scream or put up a fight. She trusted her Lord. God intervened on her behalf, and she’s released. Pharoah never had a chance to touch her.
This show of faith happened not once but twice. The second time was with Abimelech, king of Gerar. (Read how the drama unfolds in Genesis 12:10-29 and 20:1-18)
Sarah was commended for her faith:
Wives be submissive to your husbands… For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear. 1 Peter 3: 1a, 5-6 NIV
Let me be clear, this is not the kind of submission that allows for abuse. It doesn’t crumble under unfaithfulness to be beaten down like a slave.
Biblical submission, to a good loving man, is beautiful. My yielded heart trusts the Lord, first. I’ve seen God work in the spirit of my husband and it’s an amazing thing to see.
Time has had her way with my body, but she hasn’t aged my heart.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16 NIV
What about you? What do you think?
In Him alone be the glory,