Put me in a small plane on a windy day and it’s not going to end pretty.
When is this going to be over? I thought. I was sweating bullets as the six-seat airplane I was flying in was buffeted by the wind. Sitting in the rear-most seat, I got the brunt of the stomach-turning turbulence. After breaking out twice in a cold sweat, and aging with the rapidity of dog years, we finally landed and I headed to my job assignment at an army base prison.
Even though my feet were back on terra firma, my head and stomach were still spinning. Not wanting the attorneys I was working with thinking I was a wimp, I disguised myself with a smile, swallowed hard, and forged through the day. But as the day wore on, anxious thoughts about the return flight swarmed my mind, making it difficult to focus my attention on work. Is there some way for me to get out of this? I’m miserable. I don’t want to experience that again.
Abigail had to be thinking similar thoughts as she endured day after day of marriage to her cretin husband, Nabal. The foolish man disregarded David as a nobody after David and his men had treated Nabal’s workers favorably. Abigail, beautiful and intelligent, wisely discerned trouble was brewing between David and her overbearing husband and quickly went into action to smooth things between them and spare her household bloodshed.
I wonder how many times Abigail had come to her husband’s rescue before … how often she felt hopeless and humiliated because of his ill behavior … if she prayed for a way to escape her circumstances … if she wondered when it was going to be over.
Has the unsettling turbulence of life situations left you feeling nauseous? Have you white-knuckled your way through troubled relationships, wanting to find safety and groundedness, something you can be sure of? I know I have. And far too often I relied on my human wisdom to try to reconcile circumstances only to make them worse. I learned I needed to step aside and allow God to have complete control.
I felt all alone in my circumstances, certain that God had forgotten about me completely. But He hadn’t. He was just waiting for me to be obedient and hold fast … like Abigail was.
Despite circumstances, Abigail remained a woman of integrity, honored the marriage vow she had given, and supported her husband even when things were ugly. She had no idea how or when things would change.
But she held fast. She was patient, and she persevered.
When she told Nabal, after a night of feasting and drinking, that David had spared his life because she had pleaded with him …
” … his heart failed him and he became like a stone. About ten days later, the Lord struck Nabal and he died.” (1 Samuel 25:37-38)
That’s pretty drastic — but there are consequences for bad behavior! God understands what it’s like to be abused, neglected, and mistreated. Despite his obedience, Jesus suffered the same because of the sinful condition of man. God wants not only to redeem us for eternity, He wants to redeem us from the messy circumstances of life today.
Abigail is proof that God can bring a major turnabout. It may come when we least expect it and in ways we would never have thought of, but we can be assured of His presence and work in our lives. Scripture tells us, in Deuteronomy 31:6, that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Even when the ride feels choppy and as if there is nothing holding us up, He is there, ready to take us to an altitude where the current is smoother.
Do your part in holding fast to Him, and He will do the rest and guide you to safety.
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Pam Weyant recently traded the harsh Midwestern winters for the sunny South. When she is not spending her time as a freelance court reporter, you will find her loving up her adorable cocker spaniel, hiking, traveling, writing creative nonfiction, or working out. Her passion is sharing her story so others can join her in celebrating the freedom found in a redemptive Savior