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“The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.’ Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.” Genesis 2:18 & 22
How important is a stake in the life of a tomato plant?
All through my husband’s career I felt like I was a shadow, always a few feet behind him. As fans approached, I stood back and held his drink or whatever he brought out of the clubhouse and thought to myself, “He’s the superstar. What would anyone want with me?” Although I was always in the background, he never treated me as if I were. The “Shadow” was something I created in my mind. Actually, I think it was Satan trying to get me out of the picture. I know God’s purpose for me was not to be a drink holder while my husband signed autographs, but for 16 years I felt this way.
It wasn’t until Randy retired that I shared my feelings with a pastor from Costa Rica. He gave me some words of wisdom on this subject. Pastor Julio said, “Jeanie, the word used to describe Eve is similar to the idea behind the word ‘stake’. The stake we put by a tomato plant is used as support. That tomato plant grows straight up and blooms and bears fruit. At the same time it leans on the stake to keep growing as God intended it to. In the same way, you are a ‘stake’ in your marriage. You support your husband so he can stay focused on his career and be successful, and you are there when he needs to lean on you for encouragement, failures, joys and sorrows. Therefore, you do not stand in front of him or behind him but always by this side – because a tomato plant without a stake will fall to the ground and die.”
Praise God!! I now see my existence in a whole new light! I stand tall and proudly say,” I am Randy’s wife!”
Prayer: Dear Lord, give me an understanding of who I am in you so I can support my husband the way you intend me to, in your strength.
Suggested Reading: Genesis 2:4-24
— Jeanie Velarde for BaseballChapel.org
(shared with permission from BaseballChapel.org)