If you could be any character in the Bible, who would it be?
I love asking these kinds of icebreaker questions. I like to watch brows furrow as people mentally page through scripture and ponder.
Many women answer Mary, the mother of Jesus. An extraordinary lady, to be sure, but I’ve never considered her for two reasons:
- I know I wouldn’t have faced so many trials with such grace.
- Mamas aren’t supposed to play favorites with her kids. And seriously — how could Jesus NOT be your favorite child?
So I never furrow or ponder because I know my answer: Deborah the judge.
This amazing lady was the only woman to judge the nation of Israel. She was also a prophetess, entrusted by God to speak His message to His people. But she was remarkable in another way:
Deborah was the kind of woman a field general could invite into battle!
And she agreed to go! IMPRESSIVE, wasn’t she?
I wonder if any of the women in the land compared themselves to her. It seems to be something that we do – look at influential women and admire their work, then feel inferior. We reason:
High-profile women can do great things. (True)
Low-profile women can’t do great things. (False)
In God’s economy, “profile” doesn’t matter, and He proved it with Jael.
All we really know about Jael is that she lived in a tent and swung a mean hammer. We also know she was ready when opportunity came knocking at her door.
When God decided to deliver the enemy of Israel into the hands of a woman,
He didn’t bring Sisera before Deborah’s bench;
He brought him into Jael’s tent.
What a great comfort to all of us low-profile women! I’m relieved that I don’t have to be Oprah or Melinda Gates or Hillary Clinton. Neither do I need to be Beth Moore, Ann Voskamp or CeCe Winans. All I need to be is ME (the faithful version of myself, not the selfish version).
And all you need to be is the faithful version of YOU. And when it’s time for the Lord to provide our opportunity, He’ll do one of two things:
raise us up and lead us to it, or
keep us home and bring it to us.
He ordains each of our paths, and as long as we’re obedient where we are, we accomplish His purposes and bring Him glory. And THAT’S the thing that really matters, not how we compare to anyone else.
In the meantime, we should practice our hammering
Let’s have a little fun today – furrow your brow and think:
Which Bible character (male or female) would you like to have been friends with, and why?
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