God is so funny. I legitimately think He laughs at me regularly. He finds my planning and stubbornness humorous. I’m just sure of it. Last night I couldn’t sleep and finally about 1 A.M. I decided to read a book. I’ve had Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers for years, but never read it. I just never got around to it and I didn’t even know what it was about. Last night that was the book that popped into my head that I wanted to read. 12 hours later, I made it through all 464 pages. It was what I needed to hear and He knew that. This amazing story of love, conversion, and redemption crashed into my world like I never anticipated. It was a sweet reminder of God’s faithfulness. He will not fail those who are obedient and put their whole trust in Him, just as Michael Hosea did. He can revive even the darkest and hardest souls, like Angel/Sarah/Amanda. In the same time, He brought these two together in a way that only He can. God told Michael as soon as he saw Angel that she was going to be his wife. She was a prostitute, yet Michael obeyed and did not relent until he got Angel out of that dark place. He kept coming back to talk and to ask her to marry him. I wonder, would I have the same obedience and patience as Michael if I were ever in a situation where God demanded something uncomfortable of me?
It was a beautiful retelling of the story of Hosea and his wife Gomer. It was a perfectly timed reminder from my Father, that nothing is too big or too forlorn for Him to redeem. So, I imagine Him smiling and chuckling at my dumbfounded response to this book that plopped into my mind at 1 A.M. last night. He’s so cool in the way He works. If you haven’t read Redeeming Love, what are you waiting for???
“I want what you don’t even know you have to give.” Michael Hosea (Redeeming Love, pg. 68)