With any disaster, we have people that come to the scene ready to act! They are called First Responders. A certified first responder is a person who has completed a course and received certification in providing pre-hospital care for medical emergencies. In the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma, a team of First Responders were the ones digging through the splintered homes searching for survivors so they might administer life-saving techniques. These are brave people who are willing to do the hard thing in critical times. They respond willingly, gladly, and sacrificially.
Did you know that the fact that you and I are called “women” gave us the position as the very 1st First Responders? “A godly woman is an agreeable woman. She says yes. She has a disposition that responds positively to others, particularly to the initiative of godly men. She is ‘soft’ and not obstinate about receiving direction. She is ‘leadable.'” This is a quote found in a study I’m doing called, “True Woman 101.” Does that describe you? Or does that description make your blood boil and your bristles raise up?
A woman was created by God to be this gentle responder. That is to happen in marriage, but it’s also to be true of all women – single and married alike. The Lord sees it as a beautiful characteristic. I Peter 3 reminds us – …the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. That kind of spirit is to be treasured and valued.
Wouldn’t it be terrible to have a First Responder on the scene of a tragedy cry out to a trapped victim, “Oh, give me your arm, for heaven’s sake! How do you expect me to pull you from this wreckage?” Or, “I have a better way to save you than the way they taught us in class – here, do this instead…” Of course that would be ridiculous. First Responders follow their leadership. They do what they’re asked to do with a willing heart.
As a wife, are you a First Responder? Do you gladly, sweetly, and positively react to your husband?
As a female, are you responding to the male authority in your life with a right heart attitude? That may include a father, pastor or boss. This isn’t a place of lesser importance; this is our God-given position and it is a truly high calling. I’m thankful I don’t have to call the shots or be ultimately responsible for the headship of our home or church. It’s my duty and yours as a woman, to simply respond in a loving way. By doing so, we are joining the ranks of brave souls – willing to go against the flow of the world to save our homes and our testimony.
Don’t resist – respond.
- Stay in the Word to keep your heart tender.
- Saturate yourself with godly teaching
- Surround yourself with women who respond biblically to their role as a woman.
What is your reaction to the truth that you are created to be a responder? Do you see that as a positive or a negative?