I believe that the women are blessed by God enormously to be a blessing to many. Only women give birth and only women can have that nurturing effect to children, biological or otherwise. But God has reached out to women also in a very special way. I remember this story…
In making His way to ask this Samaritan woman for a drink at Jacob’s well when Jews in general would avoid passing Samaria altogether, we see how Jesus intentionally made Himself known to this woman. She had had five husbands and was not married to the one she is with at that time, Jesus revealed, telling her and us that Jesus knew her, “warts and all.” And yet here He was. We can tell that Jesus made His way to let this woman know that He knew what her heart truly thirsted for, and that His goal for the day was to let this lady know that He is her Savior and that He is all she needs. The woman left that scene, loved, forgiven, and free! She was so joyful that she told her whole village about it, and they came to know Jesus themselves.
It seems that, in the Bible, whenever women had a personal encounter with Jesus, it was one that was filled with grace, compassion, mercy, healing, and love. Women found new and unparalleled freedom because of Him. Read about the woman caught in adultery (Jn. 8:1-11), the sick woman with an issue with blood (Mk. 5:25-34), the woman who was freed from spiritual bondage (Lk. 8:1-3), and many more. Small wonder that when Jesus was on the cross, it was the women who stayed with Him until His death. And they were the first witnesses to His resurrection!
In the same way, Jesus knows our thirst. He knows our deepest longings. We need not deaden our hearts to our deepest yearnings or seek everywhere else to satisfy them. We just need to take these to Jesus, who is expectantly moving and waiting so that He can be all to us.
Jesus had a tenderness about Him whenever He related with women who were broken. As Women’s Month draws to a close, may this be a fitting tribute to the One who makes us whole.
Allow me to challenge the blessed women of today as well…
“Every wise woman builds her house: but the foolish plucks it down with her hands” (Proverbs 14:1).
This verse contrasts wise and foolish women. On the one hand you have the wise woman. She is a blessing to her household. She works diligently and conscientiously. She is always on the lookout for ways to be a blessing to her husband and her children. She manages the home, nurtures and educates the children, and does all that she can to ensure her home is refuge for her family from the daily grind of the world. Now, some of you may be thinking: What about a woman who works outside of the home? I believe the same applies. While working outside of the home does make things more challenging for the family, the same principles apply. In the workplace as well, in the way she deals with her team, clients and suppliers. In her words and actions, does she builds up or tears down?
“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies”