Hello My Names Is… (Week 2) – Lot’s Wife
WELCOME to week 2!! We continued our look at Lot’s Wife this week, as interestingly she was mentioned again in the New Testament book of Luke. Although we couldn’t really “step into her shoes” this week, we have been able to reflect on the lessons we have learnt from Lot’s Wife by thinking about this verse:
“Remember Lot’s wife! Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it.” Luke 17:32-33
A FOOTNOTE IN THE BIBLE?
There are a lot of characters in the Old Testament, some have big parts and some not so much. In the grand scheme of things, Lot’s Wife is a teeny tiny footnote in one small book of the Old Testament. People like Moses and David you expect to get another mention later on – they had a big impact on the story of the Jewish nation. But Lot’s Wife? Why does she get a second mention? As I’ve been thinking about this all week, I guess it comes down to how big the lesson is that we have to learn from her.
Some lessons in life you can learn along the way, but the lesson of Lot’s Wife is life or death. I loved the way the Message Version put it “Remember what happened to Lot’s wife! If you grasp and cling to life on your terms, you’ll lose it, but if you let that life go, you’ll get life on God’s terms.” as it expanded a bit more about what was meant by the term “life”. It was a reminder that what we see as “life” and what God sees as “life” are very different. That only by seemingly giving up control of our life to let God take over will we ever truly understand what it is to live.
I found that both exciting, scary and exhilarating! We are at a point in our lives as a family where we are trying to fix our eyes on God and follow a new way for our family. It’s a pretty scary place, and its so easy to look back or to sink into the comfortable and not even try. But I know that by moving forward with God I will experience new and refreshing life in all its fullness!
WHAT WILL YOU REMEMBER FROM LOT’S WIFE?
This week really has been a chance to pause and reflect on what we have learnt from the story of Lot’s Wife and to really let it sink in. Perhaps it hasn’t been the best meditation verse or the most discussion provoking, but I think actually the lesson is so huge for us as mums that we have needed this space to digest it. One member of the Mummy Meditations Facebook Community said this:
“The story of Lot’s Wife has challenged me this week. Sometimes when Mummying gets hard with a tantruming 2 year old & a screaming at me 4 year old. In unison. In public. I find myself longing for a time when I wasn’t being yelled at. But as this weeks verse highlights, longing for that time will make me miss what’s here & the beauty & enrichment of being a Mum.“
I think that is all that needs to be said. My challenge to you all is to record somewhere what you will remember from Lot’s Wife, whether thats in your Mummy Meditations workbook or a notebook elsewhere, and keep that lesson close to your heart.
We move on to another unnamed woman next week, the poor widow that is mentioned in the gospel of Luke. I am praying already that this verse really impacts our hearts this week and that God reveals something new to you through it:
“Just then he looked up and saw the rich people dropping offerings in the collection plate. Then he saw a poor widow put in two pennies. He said, “The plain truth is that this widow has given by far the largest offering today. All these others made offerings that they’ll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn’t afford—she gave her all!” Luke 21:2-4
Do join me in the Mummy Meditations Community Facebook group at 9pm on Monday night for a live discussion to kick off this week. And don’t forget you can still download the digital pack and print off a workbook to keep all your notes in over in our shop.
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