International Ministries

Ying and Hosea’s Wife

March 16, 2006 Journal
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Ying was seen with a foreign man on the street. We sensed that would be the case but wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt. In the beginning, I guessed that she would return to the street. When she announced she would quit working and come stay with us I was surprised and delighted. Now she's gone. Part of me wants to be angry with her. After all we did for her, why would she lie to us and return to the streets? Part of me wants to throw my hands up and let her go. If that's what she wants – fine! Part of me wants to run after her and bring her in. But, we have no control over the situation. She made her choice. We did save her and we did help her. We did spend lots of money and time by her bedside when there was no one else. We did offer her alternatives – a job, shelter, love. But, she went back to the street.


 


Hosea was told by God to take a prostitute for a wife. He did and she was unfaithful over and over. God knew she would be. But, Hosea was to go get her and bring her back. The analogy is an example of Israel's unfaithfulness. And, Ying, as well as Hosea's wife, are examples of our story. God chose to save us even though he knew we would sin over and over again—even though God knew that we would be unfaithful. God still went to all means to save us and love us.


 


God chose to send us that night to save Ying. God knew she would go back to the streets. God knew we would be disappointed. But, God chose to save her that night to send her a message of unconditional love. Why? Not because she deserved it. Not because we had any power or means to save her. God chose to save her because He saw her pain, her loneliness, her low self-image and He chose to put us right there to catch her when she fell and needed loving arms to carry her. It doesn't make sense. But neither does the Gospel. God loves us and God rescues us over and over, even though we too will struggle to be faithful.