Today's interview comes from a very close family friend of mine, Weisaye. This beautiful lady is currently completing her degree in primary education in addition to juggling being a mother of three. She has literally watched me grow up and I, in turn, have had the privilege to do the same with her children. Be blessed as you read Weisaye's observations on Esther (her favourite woman of the Bible), her fight for social justice and how we, as modern women, can model ourselves on Esther's example within our communities.
Who is your favourite woman of the Bible and why? What would you say that modern women can learn from her?
There are several women in the Bible that I really admire but in terms of relating it to me, I think Esther is one of the most profound- simply because in comparison to my life experience, I have developed and had to have a very strong sense of justice in being able to speak out on behalf of others. Even from a young age I was the one who always befriended the most unpopular person and would speak on their behalf. I relate that with Esther and how she had to petition for her people, and she had to put herself in a very vulnerable but exciting position. She had to be strategic and so brave to be able to stand up and be the voice of justice for her people.
Through Esther’s story I think people can learn to stand up and be counted and not follow the crowd just because of fear. Especially in today’s society it’s so easy to go with the flow and follow the fashion, but what if you dared to be you? I like that... I like women who dare to be themselves in the face of adversity; in the face of not being popular and I think we need more people like that today. The world needs more people to stand up for truth and justice simply because it’s right and even if it’s not popular.
Related: Lessons from Vashti on Obedience
Please finish the sentence: I am a Christian woman who is…
I am a Christian woman who is constantly learning. I am constantly learning about that love that God has; that love that John 3:16 talks about. I’ve asked God: “What is that love- that love that You have so much that You could do this?” I need to find that in myself. Where is that love and where is that passion within me, so that I know what I can do, be and become?
Please finish the sentence: I am a Christian woman who is not…
I am a Christian woman who is not perfect. I am a Christian woman with many flaws but I am on a journey, all be it a journey with imperfections. The Bible does imply that your journey is never finished. It’s a continual thing; so what you learned yesterday is not what you may learn today and what you learn today is not what you’re going to learn tomorrow. So I am a Christian that is just not perfect. I am constantly learning and evolving, and that’s what makes me who I am- human.