Aren’t they beautiful? So young and full of promise, these young women on the cusp of adulthood had no idea where their lives would take them. Would they become mothers like Leah and grandmothers like Lois? Would they leave their families and comfort zones to accompany their husbands to unknown lands like Sarai did? Would they lose children like Naomi and Rizpah? Would they do good deeds like Dorcas? And what about courage? Would they follow Esther’s example and whisper, “I’ll do it, and if I perish, I perish!”?
Whatever their destinies, this lovely quartet would undoubtedly experience some of the same emotions and trials that their sisters in the Bible did. Love, fear, and dejection would probably come their way just as it did with Michel, Esther, and Hagar. They would have moments when self-doubt battled with confidence and self-awareness fought with denial. Whatever their fates, they could find parallel destinies and decisions in their Biblical sisters.
These four lasses saw the advent of television, smart phones, and microwaves, contraptions unknown to Abigail, Rachel, and Martha. Their homes would be carpeted, temperature controlled, and well furnished. They would have foods of many varieties and cookbooks to teach them how to sauté, bake, and broil. Although raised in traditional homes with strict attention to gender roles, these four were freer than any generation before to come and go, to get educations, and to have their own bank account.
The comparisons between Biblical women and those in the photograph are beyond my imagination (and time constraints) to list. However, women of all ages and cultures have the same chromosomal makeup and are “wired” in much the same way. Whether she rides a donkey or cruises around in a BMW, Eve and her sisters are the same when it comes to emotions, communication style, and psychological needs. “I think all women are basically the same, under the hood….Our strength, our wit, and our hearts are more powerful than anybody could ever have imagined.” Lisa Scottoline
Am I trying to get a plug in for Eve’s Sisters http://tinyurl.com/cw2cwz3 ? Well yes, of course. That’s not the primary impetus behind this post, however. The inspiration came from one of the young women above whom I’ve recently come to know a little better. She and her love of family, life path, and current pastimes have reminded me of just how similar we all are…under the hood.