She came on to the stage at the 2017 Oscars with a level of elegance that was second to none. Her hair was perfectly coiffed. Her blue dress brilliantly graced her body. Her skin exuded a beauty that transcended the blush, eye shadow, and lip stick. The standing ovation that met her was surely a sight to see as her accomplishments were worthy of the gesture. Her name is Katherine Johnson and she, in time, walked into her due season.
“Hidden Figures” actresses Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae, and Octavia Spencer with Mathematician, Katherine Johnson (blue dress). Photo credit: abcnews.com via Oscars 2017
As women of God, it can often feel like many of the things we do are in vain, unappreciated, or meaningless as it relates to the bigger picture. The reality of being wives, mothers, career women, leaders, ministry workers, mentors, caregivers, students, etc. is surely rewarding but can take a huge toll on women
emotionally and mentally. Jesus, too, identified with these experiences. He spent 3 years in an earthly ministry (preaching/teaching, performing miracles, healing the sick, touching the brokenhearted, etc.) only to be received by some and rejected by many. His reward, at this particular time, would be an unjust punishment and cruel death that was not parallel with his contribution to humanity and the world. In the last moments of his earthly life, he passionately cried, “Father, why have you forsaken me?”
In due season…
However, our Savior rose from the dead and all authority became his. The manifestation of God’s promise came to pass. Death was not the final step for Him and we are graced with the opportunity to receive Him as King, Lord, and Savior. And as Jesus Christ trusted the path that God was drawing him to – humility, long suffering, etc.; we, too, can take hope in the fact that our sacrifice and hard work is not in vain.
Keep serving even when there is little recognition, honor, or accolades as you focus on an audience of one – God.
May “hidden figures” everywhere find joy in their journey and the courage to remain rooted, diligent, and faithful. The work you do is surely needed. May the Lord keep you as you serve and serve well.
I would love to hear what you are up to on the “mission field” as a mom, grandmom, mentor, career woman, business owner, ministry leader, student, etc. Feel free to comment below with a short testimony, picture, or web link to your work, ministry, services, etc.
Much love – Keturah
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