Shady Ladies of the Bible: Bathsheba

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey

It is August! Have you been taking time to enjoy summer? Maybe you have been on a trip or visiting family? Whatever you have been doing, I hope you have been having fun!

This week at Unity of Greater Portland there is a group of children having fun at Spirit Camp. This is a nature-based, spiritual camp for children ages 5 – 10. Be on alert next Sunday when you arrive, as the energy of imagination, creativity and joy will be high as these children have filled our space with their expansive vibrations!

This past Sunday we continued with the series Shady Ladies of the Bible. The Old Testament story was about David and Bathsheba. It is a story of lust, power, greed and murder. Although David is the main character and much of the story is about his behavior, Bathsheba is where the emphasis is. She may not really fall into the category of Shady Ladies; she could be seductive and luring, but she may also be powerless in this story.

Remember that during this time, women were considered property, so Bathsheba really had no say when David’s servant came to bring her to him. She had to submit to the king. She was overtaken by the power of David.

Unity teaches that all characters from the Bible represent parts of our consciousness, each having a metaphysical interpretation. David represents love, but love has to be tempered with wisdom and good judgment. In this case, that didn’t happen. As the story goes, David who wrote all those beautiful Psalms, never once prayed for wisdom or asked for guidance in this situation. He schemed and deceived his way through it.

Bathsheba represents feelings. In this story, we see feelings being pushed around by love. What I came to admire about Bathsheba is the way she said yes to the Universe. Her life didn’t turn out the way she expected – like some of ours – but she appears to have accepted the divine flow. So maybe this story is about trusting the universe, about surrendering to what is – not because we are powerless, but because we trust what is happening in our lives has a purpose for our highest good regardless of its initial appearance.

There is no better prayer for Bathsheba and us than this:
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Next week, the Shady Lady will be Jezebel.

You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Patricia Bessey

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