Posted June 13, 2011
...and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther 4:14
My kids watch a program on the Discovery Kids Channel once in a while called, Timeblazers. It's where they go back in time during a particular point in history. They explain how things were during that time period and sometimes meet historical figures.
That's what I'd like for us to do, be time travelers and go back in time and meet some wonderful Christian women who all had an impact on history.
First we are going way back to biblical times to meet a few women from the bible. Then we'll go on to meet some other Christian women at some other points in history.
On our first stop in our journey through time, we end up in Persia to meet Queen Esther. She lived during the reign of King Ahasuerus (Xerxes) who reigned in Persia from around 486-465 BC. The book of Esther is one of my favorites. There is so much is going on in the story.
It's starts out in chapter one describing all the things in the court of the garden of the king's palace where they had a feast. It talks about the wall hangings, marble pillars, the gold couches, and even the gold vessels. All of those details found throughout the book of Esther make the history come to life for me.
Our main verse comes from Esther 4:14, "...and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" Esther 4:14
The words in that verse is something Esther's uncle, Mordacai said to Esther. Because of Esther's courage and bravery she was able to save the Jews from destruction. God had an important purpose for her life.
Mary, the Mother of Jesus
Next on our travels, we meet Mary, the mother of Jesus. What an important part in history that Mary played. She gave birth to baby Jesus Who came to be our Savior.
In order for Mary to have been chosen for this great undertaking she was living her life just as God had intended. A pure life can have such an impact on the world.
Next stop on our journey through time, we arrive in England in the 1600's. Here we meet a woman named Susana Wesley who was born in 1669.
Susana is a great example of what an impact one mother can make. She was the mother of John and Charles Wesley, two men who had a phenomenal mark on Christianity. Susana actually had nineteen children (some sources say 17) but only ten of her children survived.
Susana Wesley was taught by her father to read and so she was able to teach her own children to read and gave them an education at home. She was very involved in their lives and one thing she is known for is spending a set hour with each of her children throughout the week.
I only have 2 children at home and I find it difficult to set a half hour, let alone an hour for each of them at one time but Susana was very disciplined and she instilled that discipline into her children.
I hope you aren't tired from traveling yet. We are off to Whales in the late 1700's to meet a girl named, Mary Jones. Mary was born in 1784.
When Mary was a girl, she had learned to read and she wanted a Bible all of her own. The nearest copy she could have access to was over two miles away and the nearest town that sold Bibles was twenty-five miles away.
She was from a poor family and so she had to save up to buy her Bible. She did chores for other people and also raised chickens and sold the eggs to save the money.
It took her six years to save up enough money and she walked the twenty-five mile distance to get her Bible. When she got there the man in charge, Rev. Charles, told her all the Bibles were sold.
When he heard how she had saved for so long and how much she wanted a Bible of her own, he gave her one he had set aside for someone else. Revered Charles was so inspired by her story that he worked even harder to raise awareness of the need for the availability of Bibles.
I mention Mary Jones, because when I was a kid I earned a book reward from BMA (Bible Memory Association) which was Mary Jones and Her Bible. I think I was around nine or ten and I just loved that book and Mary's story. I read that book more than a few times. It had an impact on me personally of how important and special the Bible is.
Fanny (Frances) Crosby
Next we arrive at New York in the early 1800's. Here we meet Fanny Crosby who was one of our great hymn-writers. Fanny was born in 1820 and probably is one of our best known American Christian women.
She had an eye infection as a baby and ended up blind but it didn't seem to discourage her. In her lifetime Fanny Crosby wrote close to 8,000 hymns and her words have inspired and comforted so many people not just during her lifetime but her impact goes on and on.
Safe in the Arms of Jesus is probably my favorite if I had to pick one of her songs. It's one of those that runs through my head when I feel sad or discouraged.
Our last and final stop on our travels is a somber one. We travel to China to meet an American missionary, Betty Stam. In 1934, Betty Stam and her husband, John, were murdered by Chinese Communist soldiers during the Chinese Civil War.
If you aren't familiar with the story, Betty's husband was beheaded and then she was killed moments later. Their three-month old daughter, Helen, survived.
Betty was only 28 years old when she died and yet her life had such an impression. Her obedience and dedication to Christ still inspires missionaries all over the world.
As I look at these women, it reminds me so much how God has a place and a purpose for each of us. There is "such a time as this" for each of us.
The lives of these Christian women instill in me how important it is to walk with the Lord on a daily basis, to be where He wants and in His will at all times. I think God has placed us all here and in the time frame of history that He wants but we have to be close to the Lord in order to really fulfill the purpose that He has planned for us.
We've only just hit the surface of these women's lives on our little travel though history and time, but I encourage you to read more about these Christian women and look up and study about others that aren't mentioned. Their lives will inspire you.
So, are you impacting history?
Copyright ©2011 Julia Bettencourt
Scripture References are from the King James Version.
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