by Pastor Dan Miller
Editor’s Note: This article was reprinted with permission from Dan Miller’s book Spiritual Reflections. It appears here verbatim.
On a recent ministry trip to the East coast, my wife and I enjoyed a lively conversation with a young mother. Seated next to us on a crowded flight, she educated us about life as a New England potato and beef farmer. We found the conversation fascinating, laced as it was with local color and spiced with some of the more gruesome details of cattle management.
In course of time, she inquired concerning my occupation. I told her I was a pastor. That seemed to derail our conversation, but in the ensuing silence she was actually switching tracks from farming to spiritual realities. She was a meat-and-potatoes kind of woman in more ways than one—decorative parsley did not find a place on her conversational plate. And so without notice she jumped full length into a most difficult topic.
“So, who is my husband in God’s eyes?” she blurted out with no forewarning. It seems that some spiritual shepherds to whom she had appealed gave counsel that her second husband was her real husband. Others had suggested that God saw her as married to her first husband. “In God’s eyes, am I married to my second husband, or am I committing adultery with him?” she asked sincerely. Read more about Forgiveness Assured