“When sleeping women wake, mountains move.” ~ Chinese Proverb
It’s hard to know when it started. Perhaps in the 60’s, when free love reigned supreme. Perhaps it was when our children were deemed disposable and ruled punishable by death in the womb for simply existing. Maybe it was when feminism took over our country and told us that to stay home, care for our children, and love our husbands was the only choice that was unacceptable. Maybe it was long before that.
Regardless, at some point in time, many Christian women fell asleep. It was peaceful. The slumber of apathy always is. We didn’t bother the world too much, and we weren’t overly bothered by it. Barely a collective stir was seen among God’s ladies. We were content to slumber our way through life, not offending anyone, appearing judgmental, or attending a silly culture war.
And so on and on it went. The government hijacked our kids’ education with agendas in staunch opposition to the Christian faith. Society determined that relativism was the new law of the land and truth was hate speech. Mass genocide of our unborn continued and the slaughtered innocent came to number more than 55 million. God’s sacred design for marriage became an open-ended quest for pseudo love.
Pornography, school shootings, divorce, suicide, church sins, sex trafficking, and more… The enemy’s stamp of approval shined like a beacon in the sky over our churches, our cities, our nation. And still we slept. Forgetting we were American citizens and children of the Most High, we turned the gospel of Christ in for tolerant heresy. Forgetting that sin denigrates and damages those caught in its grasp, we turned truth-in-love in for a wretched celebration of quasi-equality.
Until now. There was a woman, somewhere, who heard a still, small whisper, lifted her head from the pillow, and heard evil laugh too loud. Another felt a stirring in her soul, rubbed her sleepy eyes, and saw immorality’s reign of power. Still another heard the Spirit’s call and awoke to the sound of the broken and forgotten and lost. And each made a choice to stay fully awake. And mountains moved.
God’s women are slowly regaining consciousness. The Spirit of the Lord is stirring His daughters to action: “Awake, sleeper…and Christ will shine on you (Eph 5:14)!”
You and I, like Isaiah, have been anointed by the Lord to bring good news to the afflicted. He has sent us to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and freedom to the prisoners. To proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, and to comfort all who mourn (Isaiah 61:1&2). His mercies are new every morning, and mountains will move (Lamentations 3:23).
But if we’ve just awakened, our world is in a vastly different place than when we last saw it. Pure evil, immense pain, rampant wickedness, heartache, bondage – if you look around, all can seem lost. Overwhelmed, we may wonder what on earth we can do about such a disheveled and disastrous state.
Rioters burn our cities. ISIS butchers our fellow believers and bangs at our doors, too. The legality of gay marriage threatens our businesses and churches and defies the laws of our God. Planned Parenthood revises abortion methods to murder born-alive babies so they can make a buck off livers, lungs, hearts, and heads. These atrocities and more shake us now from our deep and dreadful sleep, but also shake us to our core – and can shake our belief in revival. Some of us would rather go back to sleep. But that is not an option (Proverbs 6:9).
I’m reminded of a story my husband once told me about two men in the shoe industry:
Near the turn of the century, two competing U.S. shoe makers heard about a developing African country that was opening its doors to foreign investors. Both shoe companies sent a sales representative to go to Africa and look for opportunities. After only a couple of hours working their way through the small coastal community, each of the salesmen had determined his course of action.
Both men hurried to send a telegram back home to their respective companies. One sent this message: “Halt production! Possibility of opening new business in Africa non-existent. No one here wears shoes.”
The other salesman sent this message: “Send as many shoes as you can! Possibility of opening new business in Africa excellent. No one here wears shoes!”
Ladies! No one here wears shoes! What will our response be? Wring our hands? Throw in the towel? Or live fully awake, moving mountains, and meeting needs? Jesus said the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few (Luke 10:2). Then He sent disciples out to get to work.
So how should we now live fully awake? Here are but four ways:
Pray – Prayer is not a cop-out. Ezekiel 22:30 says, “I searched for someone who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before me for the land so that I would not destroy it, but I found no one.” Ladies, we have our call. Jesus said to pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers (Luke 10:2). The fervent prayer of the righteous, fully awake woman moves mountains (James 5:16, my paraphrase).
Become a laborer – “We are [God’s] workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them (Ephesians 2:10).” Colossians 4:5 and Ephesians 5:16 remind us to make the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
Get involved – You don’t have to be “one of those people” in order to do your part politically! You don’t have to put signs in your yard, post every day on every social media outlet, or plaster your car with bumper stickers. But as Pastor Dave says, you didn’t give up your American citizenship when you got saved. Vote according to the Word of God in every election, and contact your legislators to let them know what you, the people, believe is right for your country.
Train up your children – “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates (Deuteronomy 6: 6-9).”
What would you add? How can we live now fully awake?
Let’s live a daring life, ladies. Because when sleeping women wake, mountains move.
In His name and for His glory, Jodi Greene