Wouldn’t it be great to have the super power of invisibility? Think of the places you could go undetected, what you could see and hear, and nobody would know you were there!
But…maybe you already feel invisible.
You know what I mean – like you don’t matter, that others overlook or forget about you. You don’t feel included, or are not given recognition in a crowded room. It’s demoralizing and discouraging to be invisible then.
While in the United States women may struggle with feeling unseen in society, in many world cultures women are little more than property, second class, are very invisible, except perhaps to their families. In first century Israel, women were of lesser prominence than men as well.
A favorite Bible story of mine is of the “sinful woman” who washes Jesus’ feet with her tears when he is attending a dinner at the home of Simon, a Pharisee (Luke 7:36-50). While the other guests are aghast at the woman’s presence, no one acknowledges her – she is invisible to them. But then Jesus says to Simon:
“Do you see this woman?” (v. 44)
Jesus sees her – she is not invisible to him! Then he continues:
“I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, [a big social snub] but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.”
She was motivated by her love for Jesus, and he loved her back by giving her value through seeing her.
As I age, the thing I dread most about being “old” is not losing my sight or my hearing or my mind or even my continence (or maybe all of the above!); rather, it’s becoming invisible, alone, forgotten. But no matter what your stage in life, you can be assured the Lord sees you.
And, we indeed do have a super power from God. Through Christ’s love we have the power to see each other, to make other women feel visible, valued. May none of us feel invisible in the fellowship of our Christian sisters.