Women often get a bad rap for being caddy. Sometimes, women have earned the bad reputation for being jealous and for cutting one another down. There's a lot of insecurity at play and most women really just want love, friendship and connection. The bad behavior is just a reflection of a heart problem.
But this week, I've seen another side of women that is often overlooked. This week, I've watched teams of women band together to come along side a couple of families in our community. One family has suffered a tragic house fire and another has been dealt the blow of a daunting diagnosis. Within minutes and hours of the news, dozens and dozens of people sprung into action to bring aid, prayer and to ease the burden of devestation.
God has used women to change the world. Jesus included women in His ministry and they were a huge support to his mission. Women are the influencers, the communicators, the helpers and problem solvers. Mary Magdalene was the first to whom Jesus appeared after His resurrection. She became distraught at the empty tomb when going to mourn Him. He appeared to her and she became confused, upon realization of who He was Christ said to her, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her. (John 20:17-18)
God allowed to a woman to bring the news of hope. God allowed a women with her wild emotion and vulnerability to cry out and say, "Don't worry, it's going to be ok, He's not really gone. He did exactly what He said He would do." Wow. What an honor, privelege and responsibility Mary Magdalene had. She set the ball rolling for revolution. Of course Christ would have made Himself known any way he wanted. But He chose Mary Magdalene, a woman who was likely a prostitute. By most people's standards then and today, she had no business hanging out with the Savior of the world.
No matter a woman's place in this world, she has power to influence and communicate. The women in my community this week proved that you don't mess with a bunch women. When the Enemy throws the firey darts of catastrophe and cancer, women stand together and say, "No, you don't." Women say, "You don't get to take hope from this family. You will not take our friend. You will not hurt these children." These women, like Mary Magdalene, are standing together in prayer and in deed and they are saying, "Don't worry, it's going to be ok, He's not really gone."