~ Cindy Willingham
I have heard the names Priscilla and Aquila and for years thought they must be twin sisters with rhyming names. BUT they were a husband-wife team. Upon digging a little further I learned that this couple was mentioned six times in the scriptures; half of the time her name was printed first and the other, his. It’s almost like they got equal billing. I find that interesting on a few levels. One being that it reinforces the fact that God doesn’t esteem men over women or women over men. He is an equal loving God! He sees my heart and loved me even before I loved Him. 1 John 4:10
My mother was raised on the heels of a generation where women were considered “the little lady of the house.” A woman was expected to follow one path: marry in her early 20s, start a family quickly, and devote her life to homemaking. She was a caregiver: to her husband, her children, her home. IF a woman went to college it was to get her “Mrs.” Degree.
Then the whole Feminist Movement came along and the pendulum seemed to swing too far to the other side. The feminist movement of the ’70s originally focused on dismantling workplace inequality, such as denial of better jobs and equal salary. But as Helen Reddy sang:
“I am Woman” hear me roar
In numbers too big to ignore
And I know too much to go back an’ pretend
‘Cause I’ve heard it all before
And I’ve been down there on the floor
No one’s ever gonna keep me down again.
The tide not only turned, but our country began a trip down a slippery slope. We took prayer out of school, made abortion legal and gave women permission to be ‘sexually free’…all in the name of equality. To quote Dr. Phil, “How’s that working for you?”
Look at where we are today! My daughter’s generation has women like Lady Gaga, Madonna and Lindsay Lohan as admired celebrities. These women lead a lifestyle that is counter to even a resemblance of sanity. What are today’s young women supposed to think? We dare not go back to being June Cleaver, the mother on ‘Leave it to Beaver’ vacuuming the floor while wearing pearls. (An image of a perfect life) Where’s the balance? What example does the Bible give us on the kind of role today’s married women can have?
Priscilla is our gal! She was married to Aquila. God said it’s not good for man to be alone. He knew we would need each other. She worked with her husband in ‘their’ business as tent makers. Proverbs 31 says, let her works praise her in the gates. Like Priscilla, we are to be good stewards of what God puts before us to do and do it well.
One of the leaders of the Christian community came and was teaching something short of the full Gospel; Priscilla and Aquila were able to convey to Apollos what they had learned sitting under Paul’s teaching. (Acts 18:18-26) I don’t believe for one moment that the men talked and she just brought them coffee and cake. Priscilla was an intelligent and learned woman who was not ashamed to speak up for the Gospel. She was a mover and a shaker who loved her husband and came along side him with respect and honor.
This weeks ‘lady’ of discussion, is not only someone to admire, she inspires me to be a role model for other married chicks!