Maya Angelou wrote the poem about the Phenomenal Woman. We snap our fingers to its flow. We strut and sashay at the mention of the title. We embrace the verbiage, owning and possessing it as an intricate piece of our very lives.
Yet, phenomenal women have existed since the beginning of time, making a profound stamp on history. And we still exist today, doing great and wonderful things that change lives and bring glory and honor to our Father.
In 1 Samuel 1, we learn of Hannah’s burden of barrenness. She was tormented by her rival wife (her husband’s other wife) regarding her inability to bear children. Yet, despite this, he loved her dearly and she remained faithful to the Lord of Hosts. She wanted nothing more than to bear a child; yet, she was willing to give his life back to the Lord if she would simply be blessed with him.
As a mother, can you imagine finally being able to bear a child, falling helplessly in love with him, only to have to give him up at a tender age? How difficult a decision that must have been. However, because of her decision and faithfulness to her vow, her son, Samuel, became one of the most influential and godly men in the Bible. After she turned him over to Eli, the priest, she continued to be an influence in his life throughout the years.
Esther, another phenomenal, biblical woman became King Ahasuerus’ queen in a contest after he banished his previous wife. However, she was burdened with the news that Haman, the king’s right-hand man, prepared to kill the Jews. Upon acquiring this knowledge from her uncle, Mordecai, he urged her to take action. It was impossible for Esther to approach the king whenever she wanted. She had to wait until he requested her presence, but time was of the essence.
Although Esther could be sentenced to death for approaching her husband without being summoned, she had to take the chance. Through fasting and praying with the people, she put into action plans to stop Haman and save the Jewish nation. Because favor was upon Esther, she succeeded in her plans of saving the Jews and having Haman hung.
Deborah also brought great victory to God’s people. Deborah, serving as a judge over Israel, went with Barak to rescue the Israelites from the Canaanites (Judges 4:10). Barak refused to go to war without Deborah’s aid. Had it not been for her bravado, who knows what trouble would have come to the Israelites? She was determined to obey the word of the Lord.
All these years later, women are still doing phenomenal things for the Kingdom and in the world at large. I recently read about three phenomenal women in Glamour News, all of whom are doing amazing things to change the lives of others.
But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak” (Jeremiah 1:7).
Every day, people everywhere are doing phenomenal work in the Kingdom to bring glory to God Almighty. We are the hands and the feet, doing the work that honors Him, serving His people, and showing love towards one another.
What phenomenal works are you doing in the Kingdom?
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