I am honored to have Sandy Snavely as my guest. I love her insight and her heart for God and His word. Be sure to check out her website and her other writing.
It was the great cover up. Steal the idols, hide them in the saddle and straddle them under your skirt. And these weren’t just any idols; they were household idols – as in up close and personal. As head of the household they belonged to Laban, but as the daughter of the household, they became the evidence of where her trust was hiding. And there she sat, looking all naïve and innocent, while her little gods were stashed in a place where her father wouldn’t dare go to find them.
I hate this story. I hate that Rachel chose to take her idols with her even as she was heading off for the Promised Land.
Perhaps I hate it because it tiptoes too close to my story. Idols are ugly. They’re embarrassing. They inspire nothing but insecurity, rage, defensiveness, lawlessness, envy, fear, and independence from the God who refuses to join them in the saddle bag. And yet there they are, looking all helpful, rational, and justifiable, waiting to take the place of the real thing. And I let them. Every time I protect my pride, nurse my wounds, revere my reputation, defend my right to be right, and seek approval from anyone who’ll give it to me, I enter Rachel’s tent.
And there I sit covering my bumpy idols under the cloak of secrecy until my Abba Father steps in behind and veil and says, “Sandy, I know what you’re hiding. Now hand them over before you hurt someone.” And I do because He’s God. My God. My real God. The God who turns my cluttered saddle bag into a Living Temple where His glory reigns Supreme. Oh I praise Him for that. I worship Him for that. I worship Him for everything.
For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth. John 4:24 NLB
Sandy Snavely has been speaking to women for over thirty years in several states across our nation as well as in Africa, Bolivia, and the United Arab Emirates. She is the author of Called to Rebellion – The Key to a Single Hearted Love for Christ and two Bible studies for women; Still the Ever Present God and Becoming Ruth. She was a radio talk show personality for five years in Portland Oregon and is currently nearing the completion of her first novel, Ellie’s Window. Sandy lives in Gresham, Oregon and has been married for 49 years, has two grown children and two grandchildren. You can visit her at www.sandysnavely.net or join her Facebook page at Life Over Latte.