IN THEIR LITTLE CORNER- THE WORLD’S BEST SELLER’S RED CARPET
Little things! Big things! They have always been there. And beautiful things? They have also always been happening since time immemorial. On a sunny afternoon, I had passed by a fat man and a petite woman engaged in an heated argument. The lady had lashed out at the man ” You are too big for my liking.”
The plump man was drawn back and he shot right back at her “Oh yea! You are just too small for my preference too”
She was quiet for few seconds then I heard her tiny voice say “Beautiful things come in small packages.” All the people who had been trying all along to settle the dispute had a smile on their face, she had just put out a point that would have everyone who had heard it, go think about it. Indeed, I agree with her that many great and beautiful things come in small packages like the eyes of a toddler, the sight of the yellow sun peeking before it appears in the morning and the twinkle little stars that lighten up the galaxy.
Sometimes, women feel like they are limited because of the geographical location where they have found themselves, their background and educational qualification. The world is such a big place but I am not ignorant of the fact that there are little corners all over. You can make an impact from where you are and with what you have.
When you flip through the pages of your Bible and think about women. You might be forced to think about influential women like Deborah, Mariam, Sarah or even Queen Esther.
Let me take you through list of five women who the world’s best-selling book recognises even in their little corners:
Does the name ring a bell? Thats the mother of Moses. The faith of Jochebed saved Moses to become Israel’s great prophet and lawgiver. She influenced history by surrendering what she treasured most to the will of God. Hey, see this was all orchestrated by God.
Baby Moses was put in a waterproof basket and was left to drift on the Nile River. Pharaoh’s daughter found and adopted him as her own son. Is it this amazing? He also arranged it so Jochebed could be the baby’s nurse. Even though Moses was raised as an Egyptian, God chose him to lead his people to freedom.
I like to see Racheal as a perfect lover. She was the wife of Jacob and daughter of Laban. A beautiful woman who was wronged by her father who deceptively arranged for Leah, Rachel’s older sister, to marry Rachel’s love, Jacob. Rachel persevered and patiently waited seven years to become Jacob’s second wife. Unfortunately Rachel had difficulty conceiving and competed with Leah over Jacob’s love throughout her life.
Despite her delaying child birth, her sons became heads of the twelve tribes of Israel. Rachel’s son Joseph had the most influence, saving Israel during a famine. Her younger son Benjamin’s tribe produced the Apostle Paul, greatest missionary of ancient times. The love between Rachel and Jacob serves as an example to married couples of God’s abiding blessings.
Who would ever believe that a repentant prostitute would be an earthly ancestor to the saviour of the universe, Jesus Christ? Rahab harbored the spies of the Hebrews in her house in exchange for her family’s safety. Rahab recognized the True God and threw her lot in with him. At the fall of the walls of Jericho, the Israelite army kept their promise, protecting Rahab’s house that had a scarlet cord trailing from the window. The story doesn’t end there. Rahab became the ancestress of the household of King David. Take it or leave it, Rahab was a major role player in God’s salvation plan.
I am trying to imagine the look on your face. Who is Eunice? Let me make this easier so you you don’t have to rack through your mind for too long. Eunice was a Jewish believer who had been married to a Greek man. She was the mother Timothy. She was a perfect epitome of faithfulness and a mother’s influence in the life of her son, Timothy.
I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also (2 Timothy 1:5).
She should not sound so new to your ears either. She was the faithful wife of Aquila and a tentmaker. Her hands were busy, she had a skill. She and her husband grew to love God’s Word and although they worked long and hard running their shop, making and repairing tents, maintaining a home and caring for their distinguished guest was not something she was going to do away with. She made hospitality and her love for God’s work, her hall mark.
They could do it, You can do it. Make your little corner glow.