March 5, 2018

The Oasis at Women's Bible Study

I warmly recall a particular evening when I was facilitating a ladies Thursday night Bible study at church due to the peculiar snack food that was brought and the response the ladies had to this peculiar snack. It taught me a lesson about the sacrifice and dedication women of all ages and walks of life make to attend a women’s Bible study. I learned this lesson from a beef jerky incident.
The lady who had signed up for snacks said she forgot about it being her night and grabbed the only thing she had at her house at the last minute, which was—strawberries, cheese crackers, and beef jerky, of all things!
Strawberries and cheese crackers are always good, but beef jerky? She really brought a large bag of sometimes hard to chew beef jerky? I have to admit, I have never seen beef jerky brought for snacks, and I thought to myself, she will be taking that back home. The strawberries and crackers will be eaten, but the beef jerky will be passed by.
But no, these ladies were hungry. The beef jerky completely disappeared. Every single hard to chew bite was consumed.
The lady who brought it was very surprised and shared with me that she thought for sure she would be bringing the beef jerky home again, and almost didn’t bring it in the first place since it would be such an odd snack.
It turned out that no one had time for lunch at work that day and didn’t get to go home before Bible study. I listened to ladies describe barely making it to Bible Study on time, coming straight from work and not having time to eat, husbands getting home from work late, barely in time to be there with the kids so mom could go to Bible study, and I found myself very moved by their dedication.
Beef jerky opened my eyes to tiring schedules and genuine hunger, and yet it was obvious they were definitely hungry for more than food. They came with their prayer requests and burdens, and they came with their Bibles and notebooks. They came with a need for fellowship, and many of them came hungry.
For these ladies, Thursday night Bible study was an oasis of fellowship, studying and learning about God’s Word and it came at the end of a long, long day. They needed refreshment in more ways than one.

For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness. Psalm 107:9