“There was no sparkle in Leah’s eyes, but Rachel had a beautiful figure and a lovely face.” Genesis 29:17 NLT
Women have have had to struggle for equality a long time in this country. Black women have had to struggle double fold. They had struggle with their skin color and their gender in a patriarchal racist society.
One of the most important films I have seen in a while is a historical film about three black women who worked in NASA and helped launch John Glenn into outer space and eventually the moon.
Set in 1961 Virginia, the fact-based “Hidden Figures,” adapted from Margot Lee Shetterly ‘s non-fiction book, is about three peripheral characters at NASA who made important contributions to the space race. Their workplace, at Langley, is segregated (with separate bathrooms and drinking fountains) and the offices are uniformly run by white males in suits.
But the talent and smarts of mathematician Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) budding engineer Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) and computer supervisor Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer )are becoming impossible to ignore.
These women overcame indescribable racist barriers with their gift to produce. As Dorothy said, “we have to figure out how to keep learning to make ourselves needed and irreplaceable.”
We see in the text two sisters, Leah and Rachael who are the mothers of a nation. They are hidden figures. We don’t talk about them much but without them there would be no Israel.
The Bible says, “There was no sparkle in Leah’s eyes and Rachael had a nice figure.” Even though Leah had weak eyes like Catherine who wore glasses, she produced more children than her sister.
- Beauty is beyond what you see. Women can’t be relegated to what they look like but rather what they can see beyond the numbers.
- Leah had weak eyes but she gave her husband a greater number of children than her sister with the beautiful face and nice figure. It’s not always about your figure but your hidden gifts. What do you bring to the table?
- Sometimes you have to be crafty to produce. Leah tricked her pretty sister into letting her spend more time with Jacob. Dorothy took a book from the library to study computer programming so that when the new computers came along she would not be obsolete. What are you doing to position yourself to be needed when the game changes?
All three of these women were game changers because they had hidden gifts behind their figures. Like these women we need to make sure we are more than cogs in the machine but instead we become indispensable Lynchpins through study, hard work, and the ability to see beyond.
Thank you for not allowing me to stay hidden. Thank you for sending me a savior who understood what it meant to be looked over because he didn’t look like what they thought he should look like. Isaiah 53:2, 5 My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. Thank you for saving me when I could be hidden no more.
In Jesus Name,