Genesis 38:13-14 13 When Tamar was told, “Your father-in-law is on his way to Timnah to shear his sheep,” 14 she took off her widow’s clothes, covered herself with a veil to disguise herself, and then sat down at the entrance to Enaim, which is on the road to Timnah. For she saw that, though Shelah had now grown up, she had not been given to him as his wife.
This is a story about Judah and Tamar, a woman at the mercy of an influential man. It is a story about determination, a story about the risk of love. Tamar’s courage to find love again as a widow. Her courage to confront her father-in-law about her marriage. Her wisdom and craft are admirable. Her willingness to gamble her life away on the things that mattered most to her.
Can you say that about yourself? How far are you willing to go to get what you want? How desperate are you about fighting for your dreams? And what morals will you keep?
For Tamar, it was Shelah, the man she was due to be married to, or nothing. She was determined to improve herself. First, a widow, then a prostitute, next it would have been sorrow unto death had she not have done something about it.
So, do something about yourself.
Stand up for your dreams. Stand up for your happiness. Some fathers-in-law never will. Some friends never will. If Shelah belongs to you by promise, then he belongs to you.
Lord, give me wisdom and strategies to navigate my dreams. Amen!