Moses and I would have gotten along just fine. My mostly-introverted self could be content wandering the desert, "watering flocks." I know many of you wish that you could disappear amidst the sand dunes every once in a while too. I hear you loud and clear when you say that you want to get away, but there's just one problem...
Here's the loose "Christian" usage:
Sweet. Quiet. Amiable. Afraid. Spiritual. Turn the other cheek. Easy-going. Submissive. Can-do attitude. Won't complain. Shy. Humble. Feminine.
"The meek shall inherit the earth," anybody? That's a popular one. I remember almost ten years ago when I was spread thin with responsibility; over-serving in the church, engaged to be married, and finishing up my graduate coursework, I was asked to lead worship on my "off" week. Of course, I stuttered around, looking for a way out, but finally obliged.
I had very few healthy boundaries in place back then, and of course, nice Christian girls should always say yes to "God" things! The icing on the cake was the well-meaning gentlemen who then affirmed to me, "Meg, you have such a sweet, quiet spirit." Those are dangerous affirmations when they pull the eager-to-please woman into places God has not called her.
Meekness, adjective ("praus" in Hebrew): Gentle, of a soothing disposition.
Meekness, noun (prautes): ...it is only the humble heart which is also the meek, and as such, does not fight against God and more or less struggle and contend with Him...
The meaning of prautes is not readily expressed in English, for meekness (and) mildness, commonly used, suggest weakness to a greater or less extent, whereas prautes does no such thing...
Prautes describes a condition of the mind and heart. (paraphrased for length)
Or more simply put, preacher and writer, Lisa Bevere, had this to say about meekness in a recent interview:
So I've got power, but I have it under the control of virtue and two of the best examples of meekness in the Bible were Moses and Jesus. You know, they were both meek, but we also see that they were passionate and strong, they had conviction, they were on fire - that zeal for God's house had consumed them...meekness is not weakness...
And so, when we tell women in the church they need to be meek, they just need to have the same thing that men need to have, which is their strength under the control of virtue."
You can't have access to my heart and mind anymore.
My skin is not yours to touch.
My time and service is needed elsewhere.
My health needs to be a priority over other responsibilities right now.
I have to release this relationship...
Here's to strength under control, sisters!
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*Photo credit: Annie Spratt