Secu – Meditating on God’s Word

One of the greatest blessings I realized on this trip is connected to Secu.

Secu - Renewed by The Word at night

She is the mother of four little girls and a boy. In addition to her children, she has been caring for her father who has Cancer and is expected to die soon. Her father is not a believer in the salvation secured by Christ and Secu is deeply concerned about his soul. [UPDATE: I received word the Secu’s father passed away on Wednesday. I will update again if there is anything else.]  We had hoped that Secu would assist us by preparing to read our daily Psalms in some dramatic way to emphasize the various emotions, but she was unable to attend due to the drama occurring in her own home and in her own emotions.

Thursday night was the all-night event and Secu was encouraged by her husband to attend. Praise be to God and bravo for Secu’s husband because he took care of the little girls AND his father-in-law! [The local ladies wanted a sleep-over from the very first time but it took until last year for us to agree to do it. One of the issues is that they cannot bring their children and need a husband, neighbor, mother, or someone to be willing to take care of them – kind of unusual for this culture.] Secu came and enjoyed the hot dog roast and variety show.

In one of the lulls between acts, Secu went to the microphone and recited Psalm 51 from memory. I was so impressed and later I inquired of her how that had come to her. Secu said that it was hard knowing that her father was not saved and many nights she would wake up. Then, to keep her mind from worrying, she would recite Psalm 51 over and over all the while praying that her father would come to that great point of repentance like King David had.

Our very first lesson with the Cofradia ladies was an encouragement to them to let God enlarge their hearts and minds to learn and understand the poetry forms of the Psalms. Secu found a place to leave her anxiety in the darkness of night and God enlarged her heart with His words. She ministers to her father through the strength and counsel of her heavenly Father. Psalm 16:7 says, I bless the LORD who gives me counsel, in the night also my heart instructs me.

Secu fits Peter’s description of a proper adorning beauty: Do not let your adorning be external – the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear – but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gently and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. (1 Peter 3:3-4) I was blessed by her offering to share Psalm 51 from the hiding place of her lovely heart.


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