When that day comes,” says the Lord,
“you will call me ‘my husband’
instead of ‘my master.’ ~ Hosea 2:16 NLT
You will call me “my husband”
instead of “my master.”
The quote is God talking to Hosea,
the subject the relationship
between God and Israel.
But does it not apply to codependency?
The relationship between husband and wife
may for years have felt like master and servant
to one, the other, or both.
In that case, too, there needs to be
a transformation of the Valley of Trouble
into a gateway of hope. She needs
to live unafraid in peace and safety.
The necessary change was not with God
but with the wife, and when she changed her ways
the whole situation changed.
A husband is not a master but a partner,
and when the wife acts on that truth
the relationship evolves so that
her vineyards are hers again
and the Valley of Trouble transformed
into a gateway of hope.
The result of her changing
her attitude and actions
is that she can live unafraid
in peace and safety.