I have had a bit of a nightmare this weekend because I had to go into work unexpectedly which is
a) Against my religion to go to work on Saturday
b) Makes me late for everything else.
So I will not bother you for long but just wanted to share this that I found in Nehemiah this week. In the middle of a superficially quite boring passage on the rebuilding of the wall in Nehemiah 3 there are several descriptions of members of families, mayors, sons, brothers etc. etc doing sterling work as they built.
Then suddenly this
11-12 Malkijah son of Harim and Hasshub son of Pahath-Moab rebuilt another section that included the Tower of Furnaces. Working next to him was Shallum son of Hallohesh, mayor of the other half-district of Jerusalem, along with his daughters.
Along with who? Sallum’s lovely, strong, big boned daughters that is who.
This says to me a couple of things. Firstly, men and women can work together side by side to build community for God.
Secondly, as women we have to step up and be counted when it is time for building.
Being a wussy girl doesn’t mean that we don’t have a part to play and if our skills lie more in bricklaying than pie making, (even though pie making is an essential and important skill) then we need to be using what we have been given.We need to be who we are and take our place with our unique skills to do what needs to be done. Even if that doesn’t always fit what might be termed as a traditional women’s role.
Have courage, get on with whatever it is you are supposed to be doing and have a great week.