I’m going to be honest.
I have a very bad habit of making snap judgements.
Usually about people and their motives.
The phrase, “innocent until proven guilty” in my small mind is usually, “suspicious until proven genuine.”
As a librarian, the golden rule is, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”
But I’m guilty.
It’s a terrible habit that I literally have to recognize, back myself out of the trap, and vow to do better next time.
It’s super frustrating.
It’s an area that God has exposed and shown so much grace and transformation to me.
I’m positive it’s the reason I am obsessed with knowing people’s stories.
We all got one.
Had I been in the room with this week’s Woman in the Word, I’m afraid this poor woman would have been the target of my snap judgement and suspicion.
She’s mentioned in all four gospels and has gone down in history as a “sinner,” a “woman of the city,” and also Mary of Bethany; Martha and Lazarus’ sister.
She’s the one who broke an expensive jar of perfume and anointed Jesus’ head.
She was overwhelmed with emotion so much so that her tears washed His feet.
And she dried them with her hair.
The disciples in the room freaked.
How dare she!
Doesn’t she know who she is?
What she’s done?
That perfume is a whole year’s wages!
She’s wasted it!
Ouch. Open mouth, insert foot.
Thankfully Jesus dropped the mic on the hypocrites in the room (I LOVE how He does that)
He said, “Yes. Her sins are MANY. But when I came in you offered me nothing. She has given everything.”
She literally was preparing Jesus for His destiny.
She was preparing the Earth for her King.
She was preparing Satan for his grand finale.
One thing I do know for sure is this:
That because of God’s great, unconditional and crazy love, her sin of being a woman of the night is no greater than my ugly judgmental heart.
She didn’t let her past stop her.
She didn’t care about the whispers, the eye rolls, or the pointing fingers.
She had one focus and that was to get to Jesus.
The only One who mattered.
And for that, I’m so grateful to know her story.
MATTHEW 26:6–13; MARK 14:3–9; LUKE 7:36–50; JOHN 12:1–8
I’m a book-shelving, former tap dancer, wanna be writer, singer,
and banjo player, mother of 4, wife of 1, follower of Christ,
walking in the shadow of the Proverbs 31 woman
and redeemed by the grace and love of an Almighty God…
just living the dream.