On Saturday afternoon I was alone in the car with my honey for the first time in a week. We had just left the church, where our oldest daughter had just married, and we were on our way to the reception. (I will post about the ceremony later.) We were stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic. I was glowing as I laid my head back to rest as Don had asked me to. I had a hard time closing my eyes, because I couldn’t stop looking at him. I so admired the man sitting behind the steering wheel and just wanted to continue gazing at him as he drove. Being tired, it didn’t take long before I drifted off to sleep. As brief as it was, it was refreshing.
We came to a quick halt, and I opened my eyes. Don gently put his hand on me to apologize, because a car had cut in on us and he had to hit the brakes. I looked at the car in front of us and saw a bumper sticker on it. It said, “Well-behaved women rarely make history.”
I couldn’t stop staring at it, because I wondered how many women believe that. I, for one, could not and would not receive that. According to the standards of society, I’m considered a well-behaved woman. True as that may be, what’s not true is that there’s a chance I may not make history.What does it take to make history?
I have several answers to that question. When I woke up this morning and ministered to my family by taking care of my home, I was making history. Even as I sit here right now writing this blog, I’m making history. I started on my history-making journey when I decided to do things contrary to what was popular. I looked back in history, trying to figure out where our society went wrong. In the late 60’s – early 70’s, there was a shift in our land. Women were told by other women they didn’t have to behave anymore. Thus began the feminist movement that was supposed to bring freedom to women. As a child, I remember looking around and wondering what happened. Some things in history don’t need to be repeated.
In my quest, I found this:
Thus says the Lord: “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls…” Jeremiah 6:16.
I’ve decided that I’m going to continue to behave while making history. Who knows, maybe I’ll be in the history books one day and you may not realize it. I’ll be the mother of the world-changers that you’re reading about.