The following is a snapshot of some dialogue I had with God re. my being a woman and wondering how on earth some aspects of that could be a reflection of *Him. (Note: some of these points may seem stereotypical and I fully recognize we’re all different far beyond gender).
- Women, the Weak Ones? God, I’m the weak one, so what is that of You because I know I’m made in Your Image…
Maybe that’s Jesus…Jesus was the weakness of God….He felt pain physically, he was hungry, tired, thirsty, broken, he couldn’t be everywhere at once-confined to a body….limited…
- Women, the Bleeding Ones… Hey God, I bleed. Once a month, 12 months a year, year after year. What on earth is that of You?!
Maybe that’s Jesus too. He was born to bleed. “The Lamb slain before the foundation of the world..” (Revelation 13:8, Bible). It’s not by good thoughts or deeds that we get into heaven, but just the blood of Jesus opens the gate (see, e.g the Passover and The Last Supper).
- Children come through our body… There’s a family photograph where my husband is holding our smallest daughter in his arms. I carried her nine months in my womb, but because she came through my body, he can hold her. Similarly, we all can go to God, “the Father” through the body of Jesus (didn’t he say “no one comes to the father but through me” and “I am the door”?)
Delivering the children was a painful, bloody mess…. So was the cross. When I was in labor I felt like I was going to die…. Jesus did die. Soldiers pierced his side when he was dead and blood and water came out. This is also what comes out when a child is born.
Before Jesus went to the cross he spoke about a woman in labor:
“…[She] has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.” (John 16:21-22, Bible)
- Children nourished from our bodies… El Shaddai is a name for God which means “The All Sufficient One,” and according to hebrew4christians.com, “Shad” means “breast” in Hebrew. Certainly when a child is hungry or distressed, there is nothing like a mother’s breast to nourish and comfort him. God often talks about food and His Word is even equated with milk..
“as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious. (1 Peter 2:2,3, Bible)
- Totally Equal, but sometimes deferring, or submitting/surrendering…
The common idea that men and women are equal but have different “roles” just doesn’t fit in my marriage. We’re completely equal partners and work our strengths together for the best for our family. Whoever is good at a particular task (or whoever isn’t bothered or wasted from one) does it–no matter what gender/tradition says, and we models this to our kids too. There are no typical “man” or “woman” things. But sometimes we hit a particular decision and can’t make our way out. When I’m not sure what to do, and we can’t find our way, I let my husband cut the rope, knowing has the best interest of the whole family at heart. And that he will shoulder the responsibility of that decision. Sometimes it happens the other way around. But the point is, there is mutual submission– and that’s OK (see e.g. Eph.5:21, 1 Pet 5:5-6).
Jesus pleaded for another way in the garden of Gethsemane, but he deferred–even surrendered/submitted– to the Father’s will. Totally Equal to God, but not asserting his way.
What do you think?
These are just some reflections but the important thing to note is that we’re all equal for God and everyone reflects His Image -men and women and even the little ones!
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28)
Weird Side Note: Ever notice how men in traditional Hebrew prayer cover their heads with a shawl, as do women in some cultures or religions– constantly? This reminds me of a verse for women (or anyone) with a running monologue in their minds…
“The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard….” (Psalm 19:1-3)
Keep your dialogue going, and don’t forget to turn your face every so often to the One Who Is Always Listening. He loves looking at you and you may find Peace or Rest for a worried heart instantly…
*My mother once said our prayer is like God talking to Himself…
*I use He and His as simple pronouns for God but fully recognize God with make and female identity–for lack of a better word–as evidenced throughout the bible and blatantly in humanity. 2 part post contemplating this: Transgender God- What’s in a Name? and pt 2: Transgender God: The Motherhood of God.
artwork credit: painting- Liz Lemon Swindle, photo- Liz Katz