Can you relate? You’re filling out a job application and you hesitate to share your ethnicity for fear of not receiving a call for a interview. “African American woman.” The phrase conjures up a variety of images: sassy career women, wise church women, strong grandmothers, welfare mothers. But how about “chosen vessels?” Or “keys to change?”Perhaps, we need some new images. Women of color have historically been on the bottom of the economic and social ladder. But the paradox of the kingdom of God is that being on the bottom is a plus. God often chooses the rejected and despised to confound the wise and mighty (1 Corinthians 1:27-29). By examining our spiritual history and God-ordained destiny, God can turn the tide of evil in our own lives and the lives of our families, cities and nations. We women of color are chosen vessels. We are significant in the eyes of God.
While writing this journal at 5am I received a text from one of my white sisters in Christ. She and I took a walk this chilly November morning. While walking, talking, and praying, I had many flashbacks of the past. My heart raced, but not because I was with her: she’s a beautiful, loving and kind soul. However, she lives where I didn’t see any street lights and, as beautiful as I’m sure it is in the daytime, I was reminded of the dirt roads in Mississippi and my great-grandfather who would sometimes share stories of the pain inflicted on our people, black people. While the walk was, at many moments, frightening, I admired how freely she talked and how glorious her personality is while yet wondering how it must feel to be white in America. God made us sisters and created this “sistership” for a reason and I’m starting to understand why. Just like she is chosen by God, so am I. Opportunities afforded to her can be the same to me. I long to live in a world where color is less important than the most important feature: LOVE.