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I was told that I would cry reading it. I did not cry but I did end up with a very sleepless night thinking about how it ended. The story was set up very well, drawing me in and getting me through a good 1/3 of it before I had to put it down to live responsibilities that were screaming for my attention.
The basis of the story paralleled the story of Hosea in the Bible. The Father called Michael (aka Hosea) to marry a prostitute. Michael did not willing do so but did because of his love and obedience to the Father. His wife ran away multiple times, each with a different reason because of her shame of her identity slowly being revealed. Each time, Michael ran looking for her, telling her he is not ashamed of who she is or who she is becoming. The last time she ran away, Michael let her go because the Father told him to. The Father told Michael he had to let her go because she had become his idol.
Something that started as gift Michael refused to accept turned into an idol, something he needed to run from.
I realized that same concept can be applied to so much in my life. For those who are familiar with my story, I did not love Asia five years ago. It was a struggle with the Father to get to Hong Kong for Engage 2012. Engage 2013 was a similar struggle but it was a little easier. Not long after that, I was madly in love with the place and couldn't let go. It ended up being about Hong Kong and not the Father.
Serving the Father so easily becomes an idol. When the simple task of coming to Him with open arms becomes a checklist.