When my son was around 4, I wanted him to get used to the big swimming pool. I was trying to convince him to jump in and I would catch him. He was not having it. At one point I tried to grab him, but he slipped out of my arms to which my fingernails scratched him. Now he’s really upset. I finally convinced him (after a million silent prayers) to jump to me. His eyes got big and so did his smile. There was no stopping him after that. He loved the water and all the fun it had to offer.
How often do we tell God “I don’t want to” when we are afraid? How often do we struggle and run only to get “scratched” trying to get out of God’s arms when He asks us to do something? We say we trust the Lord with all our heart until He asks us to do something uncomfortable or out of the ordinary. Then we stand on the side lines too afraid to jump. What blessings we miss on the sidelines.
We have so many great biblical women to learn from. To be like.
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16 “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”
Esther bravely said in Esther 4:16, “If I perish, I perish” when the Lord, through Mordecai asked her to risk her life to go before the king to save the Jewish people. She had to make tough decisions in the end when it came time for the Jews to defend themselves. To this day, Purim is celebrated every year as a remembrance for all she did.
16 But Ruth said: “Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God.
Ruth, a Moabite, willing to forsake her family and lifestyle to follow the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob when she stayed with Naomi, her Jewish mother-in-law. In humility, Ruth works hard to take care of Naomi. In the end she marries Boaz and becomes the great great grandmother of David who is the line of Jesus.
1 Samuel 25:23-24
23 Now when Abigail saw David, she dismounted quickly from the donkey, fell on her face before David, and bowed down to the ground. 24 So she fell at his feet and said: “On me, my lord, on me let this iniquity be! And please let your maidservant speak in your ears, and hear the words of your maidservant.
Abigail, whose husband was foolish, in humility bows before an angry warrior, David and makes a request of atonement to save her household. She says, “On me let this iniquity be”. She was willing to take the consequences of her husband’s actions. For her wisdom and humility, David, who becomes king, marries her after her husband dies.
38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.