Valuing Our Rhoda’s
Acts 12: 11-16
11 And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.
12 And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying.
13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda.
14 And when she knew Peter’s voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate.
15 And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel.
16 But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished.
Far too often in life we disregard blessings, support, gifts, advice or encouragement purely based on the package they are delivered in. In ACTs chapter 12, the saints were fervently praying for the deliverance of Peter from Herod after the death of James. Yet still they all refused to believe the servant girl Rhoda’s proclamation that Peter was indeed free and at their door.
Sadly, two thousand years later the “feminine package” still does not get its due respect. All over the world in many societies, we still tend to regard things and ideas associated with the feminine as less important, less valuable, less credible, less effective and simply less. In the secular we often refuse to pay women for equal work. In the church we often refuse to acknowledge women preachers or in positions of leadership.
As we prepare to celebrate Women’s History Month and began the season of Lent, let us all try to value and respect the Rhoda’s in our life. Remember that God created the feminine specifically to enrich the human experience. To devalue the feminine actually diminishes our chance to live this life more abundantly.