I’d imagine the conversation went something like this … “Sarai?”
”God has come to me, and told me to get out of this land. There’s somewhere else He wants me to be. I don’t know where that is yet, but the Lord who is good will show me when I get there. Love, say you’ll come with me?”
What if she’d said no? Or agreed, but moaned and complained the whole trip. What if she doubted her husband’s sanity? Sarai, who became Sarah, could have easily hindered her husband, possibly even kept him from following God’s call with her actions. But she didn’t. She had the faith she needed to support Abraham. Her encouragement helped him believe.
That’s one of the privileges we have as women – to be a support that nothing else can be. Our encouragement and faith in others truly can make a difference in the decisions they make, or don’t make, the way they see the world, and the way they see themselves.
”Ruth, go home. You have nothing to look forward to if you remain with me. Go, be happy again, for I cannot.”
Ruth could have listened to Naomi, and if she had, Naomi might have been bitter for the rest of her life. But Ruth said no. By her actions, Ruth said, “I am going no where. I am staying with you because you need to know someone loves you. I love you. I will not leave you alone to be miserable. I care about you.”
It is a privilege to care about others and see their lives change because you are willing to show them God’s love. As women, loving comes especially easy for us. However, we all fail sometimes. Ruth was obviously a very loving person, like we should all strive to be.
Just think – if loving is this easy for women, how much easier is it for God? His love is everlasting and limitless.
Pharaoh ordered all male Hebrew babies to be killed. That same Pharaoh ended up with a male Hebrew baby as an adopted grandson! How did this happen? A woman. Pharaoh’s daughter, a woman of compassion and tenderness, found Moses in the river. She didn’t want him to die. She wanted to give him a second chance. Apparently, this daddy’s girl got whatever she wanted. She was probably the only human alive who could have permanently saved Moses. Tenderness, compassion; more female characteristics, and privileges. Having compassion on someone, giving them a second chance – it could save their life.
And last but not least, we turn to Hannah. She begged and pleaded with God for a child. She wanted the privilege of motherhood so bad it became her every thought. And God answered her prayers. Then what did she do? She gave the baby back to God. Why? Hannah knew that this, like all privileges of womanhood, was also a great responsibility. No one could raise her son better than her Lord.
God gave us, as women, the amazing ability to bring life into the world, and with it the responsibility to raise that life up in the way it should go.
Why are these “privileges”? Because they were first attributes of God. He is encouraging, supportive, caring, loving, tender, compassionate, the God of second chances, and our life giver. He brought us into this world, and one day, after years of teaching and guiding us here, He will raise us up to another. What a privilege to represent our Almighty Father in a lost world that needs support, love, compassion,..a second chance.
Be a woman, and love every minute of it! I do!