“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not eveil all the days of her life.” Prov. 31: 10-12
“I told you I didn’t want you going over there. Now look at the mess we’re in!” Rick raked his hand through his hair, his face contorted with a mixture of anger, hurt, and despair.
Sally’s lip quivered as she swallowed and choked back sobs so she could speak. “We’re just friends. I didn’t mean to give anyone the impression we were having an affair. And I certainly didn’t think he’d hack into our bank account. I thought I could trust him. I’m sorry.”
“Sorry isn’t going to fix this mess, Sally. You seem to trust everyone but me–your husband. Remember, the one you promised to love, honor, and cherish? Why is it easier for you to trust everyone else but me? Where do I fit in on your list of people that matter to you?”
“You do matter,” she cried. “You do.”
“Well, it doesn’t feel that way, and it certainly isn’t evident in the way to treat me and talk about me behind my back. What have I done to deserve your back-biting, two-faced, lying, cheating–the list goes on?”
“It’s nothing you’ve done wrong.” The tears were gone as her anger took over. “I don’t buy all that nonsense about wives obeying their husbands. That’s an old archaic rule to make brutes of men and weak, cowardly women who aren’t even supposed to think for themselves.” Her temporary remorse was gone, replaced by rebellion.
“Well,” Rick said. “If I have treated you as an air-head wife, I never meant to. But let me ask you this: are you happy with this mess you’ve made? Because this mess all stems from your refusing to communicate with me instead of everyone else. If you’re happier being independent and rebellious, then maybe marriage was a mistake.”
Dear reader, what ending would you give this story? True submission is freeing when married to a man who treats his wife with the respect and honor God’s word prescribes. In this story, Rick seems to be the kind of man who at least wants to respect and honor his wife. He would be willing to work things out if she would be willing to be the wife described in Proverbs. What do you think?