Today's Devotional Thought
March 12, 2012 by Rachel Piferi
I was in Lifeway last week and overheard a conversation that I want to share with you today. I was checking out at the register and I overheard a woman talking to another woman about her pastor's wife. She was saying that her pastor's wife's birthday was on the weekend and that nobody at church really knew about it. She mentioned that they were having a ladies luncheon, but that it wasn't for the pastor's wife and that if she was the pastor's wife, she would just stand up and say, "Hey, it's my birthday!" She went on to say that no one was likely going to do anything for her.
It made me so sad.
I checked out and went to my car and just sat thinking about the conversation that I had overheard. And, I felt God prodding my spirit to go back in and share something. I sat there for a long time in my car telling God that I would feel really silly going back in and admitting to her that I was eavesdropping and that I have something God wants me to share. I wrestled and wrestled with him.
But, I turned off my car, opened my car door, and walked back into the store.
I waited in line to speak to the woman and when I got to the front of the line, she asked me, "May I help you?"
I told her that I just felt like God wanted me to share something with her. I went on to tell her that I had overheard her conversation about her pastor's wife and how it was her birthday this weekend and no one really knew about it or was planning to do anything. Then I shared my heart with her...
I told her that my best friend is a pastor's wife. I shared how special I think she is. And simply put, how special she and her husband are in the lives of so many. I shared how I have watched my friend give and give of herself because she loves God and others so much. My dear friend and her husband love the Lord and they love God's children. And, they want everyone to feel God's love and know him deeply.
I shared with her how blessed we are to have men and women who have been called to full time ministry and who have answered that call. I shared how I have watched my dear friend and her husband struggle for us, pray for us, encourage us, and work so that we can understand, and I mean truly understand, God's love and sacrifice for us. They love the Lord and they love us.
As I was sharing my heart about pastor's wives, I told this woman that my best friend's birthday was this weekend too, so when I overheard her talking about her pastor's wife's birthday, it made me think of mine. I urged her to do something for her pastor's wife. It didn't have to be big, but just something to let her know that you appreciate her and that you love her. And make her feel special on her birthday.
The woman smiled and she thanked me for coming back in and sharing my heart. And she hugged me and said that she would make sure that she gave her a small gift and note.
I love pastor's wives. In my life, I have watched many serve with grace and poise. As I have become special friends with one, I have realized how much God must just smile on this special group of ladies who faithfully serve alongside their husbands. I know I am so grateful and full of love and appreciation as I watch my precious friend serve the Lord daily alongside her husband. Oftentimes neglecting their own needs, schedules, and desires, pastors and their wives serve God by serving people. And they do it because they love the Lord and they want others to know of his love too.
I think the world of my pastor's wife and if her birthday came and no one knew it, I would be so sad. My message for all of you is the same as what I shared with this dear woman at Lifeway: make your pastor's wife feel special. Not just on her birthday, but every day. Send her a card, write her a note, or just give her hug on Sunday and tell her that you appreciate her. It will encourage her more than you even know.
I have tears in my eyes as I write this to you all this morning because of the deep love and appreciation I have for my best friend and pastor's wife. And to her, I say Happy Birthday and thank you for giving your life to serve the Lord. I am blessed beyond measure to be able to walk this journey of life and ministry with you. I love you.