From the Broom to the Broom Tree
September 27, 2012 Vicki Ohlerking

From the Broom to the Broom Tree

September 27 2012

From the Broom to the Broom Tree:
Encouraging Your Husband through Difficult Seasons in Ministry

Two brooms were hanging in the closet. They fell in love and decided to get married. The
bride broom looked beautiful in her white dress. The groom broom was handsome in his
tuxedo. The wedding was lovely. After the wedding, the bride broom leaned over and said to the groom broom, “I think I am going to have a little whisk broom!” “IMPOSSIBLE!” said the groom broom. “WE HAVEN’T EVEN SWEPT TOGETHER!”

Ministry is like a broom. The word ministry means “to serve.” We minister by lovingly
serving God and humbly serving people. When it comes to Christian ministry, we are
serving alongside or “sweeping with” our husbands. However, there are seasons in which
we can encounter various types of opposition or difficulty. This difficulty can, at times,
cause us to go from sweeping to weeping. As wives, God can use us to encourage our
husbands to keep on sweeping on.

In 1 Kings 19, Elijah faced a road block in ministry. He had just been used mightily by
God. Now, we find him running for his life, depressed to the point of death, all because of
a threat from Jezebel. Elijah almost quit, dropping the broom. He ran and sank under a
broom tree. God sent an angel to help Elijah navigate through this season. Our husbands
may find themselves under a “broom tree.” How can we help them pick up the broom of
ministry again?


“…an angel touched him and told him, “Get up and eat!” 1 Kings 19:5

Getting your husband back on his feet may mean allowing God to use you to strengthen him- physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Just as the angel touched Elijah, yourhusband may need large doses of affection. Make his favorite meal. Most importantly, pray for him. Always remember that God loves him more than you do. He is the one who can ultimately meet all of his needs.

The angel came a second time. The journey to recovery sometimes requires more than
one helping. In the same way, we as wives need to exercise patience in giving constant
encouragement to see his full restoration take place. Then, be patient with the healing
process and give much grace for God to fully work in his heart.


Men are wired for success and purpose. If you talk to a man about purpose, his problems
appear smaller. They are driven by adventure, by work and by a sense of accomplishment.
Say to him things like, “Don’t stop because we are going to win our city for Jesus!” “It’s not
over!” Anybody can state the obvious, but God calls us to speak to the possibilities!

Elijah had more years of ministry to fulfill. Likewise, no matter how despairing your
husband may be, have faith that God will use you to help him go from weeping to sweeping