Women where are you?
Where are the women?
I sit quietly, am I in the right place, I pray? Social media has basically set standards for all women, and the status quo is what you see on the internet, I guess.
Right? Oh so I’m the only one who looks at the beautiful people with their perfect lives and complains? HA! You do too, be honest.
No shade, but we let the culture and social settings dictate our identity at times.
And women and girls around the world have to fit into some pretty tight spaces in our culture. It better be pretty, sexy, and able to make money. It better make other people jealous and envious.
Women of all ages and backgrounds, are being fed a lie. More gym time, vegetables, fun experiences, and men are how we are to be happy. And the biggest one is, Love yourself. I”m not sure what this actually means or implies, but I”m open to answers.
My identity has to be rooted in something or someone that will last. I struggle with identity, am I a church girl, a mom, an old retired basketball wife, a woman of leisure, or just a wretched sinner in need of S.o.S grace.
I’m really fascinated with the story of Easter and Jesus last days on Earth, not because I don’t know it, but I desire to see and feel something different every time I read the gospels. Something stood out to me while reading the story of Easter. Many women were there and followed Jesus (Matthew 27:55 NIV). We see Mary and Mary, and several others following Jesus during his crucifixion and Resurrection (Matthew 28:1-8, 9-10, 11-15)
Let’s be clear, the social context of this dark and crazy time would have meant reckless fear and doubt for these women. Can you imagine the fury that was being unleashed in that setting, yet they remained in his presence. They were identifying with Christ,his life and his death. In a time, where your identity was not freely given, these women chose to stand watch, follow, and share in spreading the word that the Messiah had risen.
Huh? Say that again Matthew.
The women played a huge roll in God’s story. What if their identity was so consumed with pleasing the crowd or the culture, that they missed the opportunity to report that Jesus had risen (Matthew 28:8-10)? These women knew who they were, they understood their calling and purpose. They were women who had been with God, who didn’t care what the other women or men were doing. They wanted to be known as Christ Followers in a time, where women were not lovable or edified.
The story of Jesus is powerful and transforming, especially when you really digest what is taking place and how relevant it is today.
God loves us, he loves his people, and he loves women so much. So much so, that he purposely used them in the greatest love story of all.
Where are the women?
Where is our identity going to take root, and last?
Do we go with the trends and culture or do we remain faithful in a time, where faithfulness looks foolish, and integrity is old school.
Everything has an expiration date, but our relationship with God never will.
Where are the women, who are not afraid to fall at the feet of a man, who would lay down his life and then rise again to be with us forever. I’m in awe of this story.
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be Praised.
(Proverbs 31:31 NIV)