2014-11-03 - What Would Hannah Say?
"Sir, do you remember me?" Hannah asked him. "I am the woman who stood here, that time, praying to the Lord! I asked him to give me this child, and he has given me my request. (1 Samuel 1:26-27 TLB)
It is fair to say that Peninnah is my rival. We married the same man, Elkanah. Only difference was: She had children, and I did not. Why would God make her a mother and not make me one? Peninnah was not a good role model for her offspring. I suppose there must have been some good qualities, for Elkanah to marry her. I just knew her as rude, self-centered, and spiteful.
It is hard to have any sympathy for such offensive actions. Peninnah provoked me at a time when I was most vulnerable, instead of comforting and befriending me, when I needed a friend's shoulder the most.
Once God answered my prayer, and I became a mother of six (two daughters and four sons. My eldest was named Samuel.) I focused less on what Peninnah did or tried to do, and more on my brood. Becoming a mother was my utmost priority. Being a mother was what I needed to focus on, not another's words or actions. I can only hope my children will not fall victim to worrying about what other people think of them.
Lord, Help me not to act like Peninnah, even when I am having a bad day. Help me to consider how others may be feeling. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the NIV unless otherwise noted.