My Soul Looks Back by Minister Teraleen R. Campbell
As we enter Women's History Month, my mind goes back to some of the She roes of the Bible who have shaped our history and impacted our lives even from afar. I had the privilege of watching The Bible Series on the History Channel this past Sunday. During the broadcast, one of my favorite female characters, Miriam was depicted. Miriam was the sister of Moses & Aaron.
According to Biblical account, she was a strong supporter of her brother, but also wasn't afraid to challenge him and like most siblings, she fussed at and criticized her brother. She showed fortitude & wisdom at a young age, helping her mother save her brother Moses' life. She was a quick thinker and a leader.
Like many women today, Sister Miriam took care of and was protective of her brothers. She also had a relationship with God that sprung forth in praise to Jehovah, her God. Miriam was wise enough to know that it was God who was to get the glory for bringing her people out of Egyptian bondage. It was God who carried them across the Red Sea just in a nick of time. It was God who provided a pillar of cloud by day & fire by night. It was God who provided manna from Heaven as nutrition.
Likewise, wise 21st Century women recognize how we've made it. I recall the old Aretha Franklin song, my soul looks back & wonders how I got over. Well I'm here to tell you, I don't have to wonder because I know that it was God! God has been Rophi - my healer. God has been Nissi - my banner. He's been Shamma. He's been with me when everybody else seems to be MIA. He's Shalom - my peace through the storms, through turbulent relationships & troubled times. With that in mind, I can muster up an utterance of praise, such as a Thank You Jesus. I can offer a shout of praise, knowing that despite sequester, recession, high gas prices or under employment, God will continue to be Jehovah Jireh - my provider.
While I may be tempted to complain, I can do like Miriam and grab my tambourine, get with my sister girls and give God glory as Miriam did in Exodus 15, for what He has already done in my life. Whether single or married, I can do as Miriam and offer up some praise knowing that I don't have to worry, beg, or fret because God's got this and He's got me!