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My friend, Chris Wilson, whose blog is always a good read is calling out his friends to write posts about which Bible characters most closely resemble themselves. Chris explains with his in Jacob here.
I identify with so many different characters in the Bible for various reasons. Much to my dismay, most of them happen to be male.
A lot of people tell me I am David because of my heart, writing, and sensitivity to God. By proxy, Sarah’s a Jonathan because of our close friendship.
Others tell me I am like an Old Testament prophet, perhaps Jeremiah or Elijah. I wouldn’t mind being Elijah, but he does a lot of cool stuff and then doesn’t do much after his time in the desert under the broom tree.
I’ve always fancied Joseph, Jacob’s second youngest son. I related to him in high school when I was being mocked by my peers. One day, I thought, God will use this for good…and He has, just not in the ways I’ve expected. And at one point thought of myself as Peter, the brash talker who is so quick to act, and yet he trips over his words all the time.
I want to be like Anna, the old woman who was waiting in the temple praying day and night for the Messiah to come, and finally, she lays her wise eyes on the baby Jesus when he is presented in the temple. Or Mary of Bethany, who sat at Jesus’ feet among the men, even though it wasn’t her “place.” Naturally, I also want to be like Jesus.
Still, that doesn’t answer the question–who do I think that I am?
Life: Right now, at this very moment in my life, I am Moses getting ready to head back into Egypt to do the mission that God has called him to do. He is scared because Egypt is the last place that he wants to go after the crap he pulled there. Yet he knows that he must follow the Lord. He is unconfident, yet obedient. I feel like this is where I am in regards to local ministry and church.
I am also Joseph, who suffered, in part, due to his own vanity. Yet God used Joseph’s trials for good and managed to save others through him. I see God using me to do the same in slightly different ways than actually ruling countries. I’m definitely a dreamer and I could rock a coat of many colors. I also have a family that has hurt me deeply, that I must work on forgiving like Joseph did.
Work: I am Nympha, a woman Paul sends a greeting to in Romans 16:1. Her work goes unmentioned, but it must be important. I feel like that as a woman, and some of the things I do. I know that what I do is valuable, but it sometimes is unknown. There is a reason that we are not told what Nympha’s exact role in the church was, but perhaps she held a church in her home. A lot of my work is not ready to be showcased to the world, but it gets a fair mention. I’m cool with that…most days.
Personality/Spirituality: I seem to be a lot like David. I know he was a great king, but he also had his moody times (you know, like the Psalms), despite his doubts and his sins, he is still a man after God’s own heart. I’d like to think I am like that, that my heart is turned towards God. David feels deeply and is deeply attuned to God. I do believe I am that way. I don’t say that to sound arrogant, but to offer an accurate assessment of the question. Plus, David had to hide for his life and poured anguish into his Psalms because someone he loved and trusted betrayed him deeply. I feel that pain, too.
Practical Application of Spiritual Discpline: I am also Martha, a woman who loves to serve, but often ends up too busy to actually sit at the feet of God. I like to do a lot of projects. Sometimes because then I don’t have to think about what’s really bothering me. I like to do things for God without actually spending time with Him, which terribly frustrates the David part of me.
I am Moses, Joseph, David, Nympha, and Martha (Mojodanymtha or Mojo Da Nytha, the latter sounds cooler, like I’m a rapper), in all their glories and in their shortcomings.
I thought about being funny and saying I was Baalam’s talking donkey, but that would make me an ass, wouldn’t it?