The Other Woman
Many times, we become so myopic with our vision. We are focused on our own personal tasks, whether it be for our job, our home, our family. We can miss out on those quality moments to minister to the ‘other woman’ who may be right in front of us.
Looking at the woman at the well, Jesus was likely tired and very thirsty, yet He took the time to minister to this woman at the very heart of her need. (Jn. 4:1-42) When Peter’s mother-in-law was sick, Jesus took time to heal her. (Lk. 4:38-39) If we take time away from our agenda, can we bring healing through our intercession to the ‘other woman’ whom God places on our heart? Can we be a healing balm to the ‘other woman,’ who may have a wounded spirit?
The widow of Nain depended on her son for financial support, and now he was dead. Jesus cared enough about this ‘other woman’ to raise her son from the dead so that her needs would be met. (Lk 7:11-17) What about the ‘other woman’ you know who is widow? Can you offer her a ride to the doctor so she doesn’t go alone? Can you take a few moments to let her know that you are thinking about her, or that you appreciate her?
The sinful woman came to pour out precious ointment upon the feet of Jesus. Yet, those around scorned her. (Lk 7:36-50) Would we be the same way with the ‘other woman’ if she suddenly started attending our church, and lavishly giving of herself to the Lord? Would we be intimidated by how fast she was growing in the Lord? Would we be jealous of her free worship of our Lord?
Joanna was a woman who supported the ministry of Jesus with her finances. (Lk. 8:1-3) If the ‘other woman’ has implemented some really creative ideas to support the work of the Lord, would we stand back and criticize her? Or would we desire to encourage her?
When the woman with the issue of blood approached Jesus, He was on His way to help Jairus, whose daughter was sick. It’s implied in scripture that this ‘other woman’ wasn’t important because she wasn’t mentioned by name, yet Jairus was mentioned by name and occupation, giving us the idea that he was an important man. Yet, we see Jesus take time for this insignificant woman. (Lk. 8) Do we forget about the insignificant woman in order to take care of the woman who seems to be more important in social stature? Do we prefer to do our acts when they are seen by those ‘important’ people?
We see that the Syrophoenician woman had a serious plea and Jesus takes the time to respond to her. (Mt. 15:21-28) When the ‘other woman’ has a plea for a prayer request, do we take the time to agree with her right then in prayer? Or, do we tell her that we will be praying, only to forget about her request in a matter of seconds?
A woman caught in the act of adultery was quickly condemned by the people, yet Jesus refused to condemn her. (Jn. 8:1-11) Do we condemn the ‘other woman,’ just like the people in this story did? Do we begin to gossip about the woman, not even realizing that our mouth has led us into just as bad of a sin? Do we remember that if it wasn’t for God’s grace, we could be that ‘other woman’?
Looking at Mary and Martha, we see Martha griping about the ‘other woman,’ who happened to be sitting at the feet of
Jesus, soaking up His every word. (Lk. 10:38-42) When we see the ‘other woman’ being truly blessed by the Lord, do we find something about which to gripe? Do we speak bitter words about her?
In Lk. 11:27-28, we find that a woman in the crowd cries out a blessing to Mary, the mother of Jesus. How often do we take time from our own agenda to simply bless the ‘other woman?’
God sets many ‘other women’ in our path throughout the week. Many of them have been battered by trials that we can’t even fathom. Some are battling deep depression because they feel like nobody cares. Some haven’t felt appreciated in a long time. Who is Father laying on your heart? Isn’t it time to break away from your own agenda and minister God’s agenda to the ‘other woman?’
© 2004, Stacy R Miller