Give It a Twist

The Bible offers a kaleidoscope of experiences and knowledge, made up of faith, forgiveness, lust, stupidity, horror, good-will and miracles. I can read Scripture and glimpse an insight useful to my spiritual progress and yet with a little twist, I can re-read Scripture and take in an entirely different insight again useful to my situation.Because I have to make decisions every day, I often search the Bible story of King Solomon, who—aside from being a little over the top with his spending—has been branded a “wise man.”

King Solomon’s wisdom is touted in Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary to have encompassed an understanding of the natural world and human nature. For example, when two women claimed the same child, King Solomon suggested, “that the child be physically divided between the two.” The offbeat strategy to divide the child’s body was intended to find out who the real mother was—the mother who would refuse to harm the child. (I Kings 3)

This shows though that when it comes to dealing with bickering family members or employees, a novel yet effective approach can be found.

Mixing up the elements, another interesting view of this same story appears. Basically, the two women lived together and both had babies, three days apart. One of the babies died and it was this baby’s mother that claimed the live child. But, there were no witnesses, only the word of the 2 women, therefore the quandary with the one living child.

When I was a young pregnant woman, I caught this nuance of 2 women going through the birthing process on their own. Of course, I planned to go to a birthing center and have my midwife and her nurse present when I delivered my baby, but absorbing this unusual view of delivering a child singlehandedly did eliminate quite a lot of fear concerning the birthing process.

The lessened fear in my mind allowed also me to catch a detail when reading Isaiah 46:4, “I have made, and I will bear; Even I will carry, and will deliver you.” (NKJV) To see myself, not as a physical woman, all alone bearing, carrying, and delivering, but as the image of God doing the bearing, carrying, and delivering, brought tremendous relief. Thankfully, both our daughters respectively were born quickly and without any necessary chemicals or human interference.

Years later, with children romping around our house, another twist on this story brought about rich helpful views. The two women were prostitutes, not exactly the kind of background that merits a credible reputation. However King Solomon’s decision making process was undeterred by the women’s status. Thankfully, Solomon’s behavior set the tone for me as a mother and foster mother to ground my conclusions concerning each child on love, not on human status. The kaleidoscope of the Bible will surely intrigue me with yet another view.

About the Author: Cheryl Petersen’s book is 21st Century Science and Health. She is a freelance writer and correspondent for The Delaware County Times living in New York with husband. They fostered children for 15 years and their children are now grown. Cheryl blogs at Healing Science Today and Beliefnet.