Bathsheba, I want you to meet the Sunshine Report readers. Sunshine readers, this is Bathsheba. Tell us what it was like in those days when the King saw you bathing. Did you know he was there and not at war like the rest of the army? What did you think when he asked you to come to the royal palace? I am sure that he wined and dined you. Did King David’s attention toward you make you forget about Uriah and that’s why you slept with him? I don’t mean any disrespect. I could only imagine what it must have been like to live in Jerusalem. I love the part when God restored you, Bathsheba. The loss of your husband in battle must have devastated you. Not only did you lose your husband, but you lost yours and David’s child also. It must have been a difficult thing to go through. We can relate this to things in our own lives, can’t we? There was a time in my life that I lied and schemed to get my own way rather than what my parents wanted for me. I knew it was wrong, but I did it anyway. Later, I learned from the pain and consequences, which is what I hear you saying too. Well, thank you Bathsheba for sharing with us the time in your life when God gave you a second son, named Solomon. He made you and David proud, didn’t he? He was known as the wisest king in Israel. Your story gives us hope in God. We know we have consequences to pay, but God loves us enough to give us another chance. For some of us it’s not just a second chance, but it has been several. This whole story is recorded in 2 Samuel 11&12 if you would like to read it for yourself.
Being able to come to the jail and watch God work miracles is a privilege and honor to witness. I praise Him for who He is and how we can depend on Him and that nothing takes Him by surprise. He ordains our steps and many will testify that God saved their lives by them being in jail. We had a girl say out loud about how we are promised that we will go through trials, yet we put more on ourselves and how dumb that is. We all laughed because it’s true. Another girl said she wanted to sing a song, wow! what a voice. She sang from her heart;”I’m still holding on to your (God’s) hand. When she sat down, she just cried, rubbing her eyes and rocking back and forth. She knew God used her voice to touch the rest of us and it was powerful. Then we heard from Smokey Robinson on video singing, “I need you right now…. Trials in your life make you strong.” All the girls love Smokey and always request this song because He points us to Jesus and how we can’t do anything on our own.
After Margo, JoAnna, Joyce and I left the service, and there were many girls who wanted one on one council. We split them up as the Holy Spirit led. It always amazes me how it works out as if I wasn’t there. A 19yr old girl from Georgia talked to me through her tears. She is reading the book of Matthew and had many questions. After hearing them, I could understand the confusion. Things like “Do not commit adultery, but I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Another one was, fasting and when to keep it a secret. The questions kept coming one after the other; the steady answer was pointing to Jesus. It truly is about him and what he did on the cross. Jesus said, “It is finished.” He died for ALL of our sins, not the ones we pick and choose or think are too hard for God to forgive. We are thankful for the complete work Jesus did on our behalf; I know Bathsheba agrees with that. We thank you for being with us today.
Written by Tracey