This weekend I had the privilege of attending the Women of Faith conference at the Pepsi Center with a group of amazing friends. I stayed up way too late and laughed so hard – just the friend time was worth it! However, I also got to hear some amazing speakers at the conference.
One of the women, Lisa Bevere, just wrote a book called “Lioness Arising” and she spent a great deal of time studying prides of lions for her book. The Lionesses are the hunters for the pride and they often live together and raise their young together. They hunt together, and breed at the same time so their young will be roughly the same age. This betters the babies chances of survival. They are powerful, strong, agile, stealthy….and gentle, loving, nurturing and supportive of the other Lionesses in the pride as well.
The Lionesses must work together as a team to bring home enough food for everyone to eat. Each lioness has a different strength and they must all work together with those different strengths to ensure that there is enough food and enough care for the babies at the same time. A wise Lioness knows that the other Lionesses are her allies. They accomplish more together than they could individually.
Why can’t human women figure this out? Ms. Bevere said something that has really stuck with me: (human) “women tend to see each other as problems and men as a solution. We need to start seeing each other as solutions.”
No, neither Ms. Bevere nor I are implying that men are the problem. However, how true is it that women often get so caught up in comparison and unkind behavior that we see each other as less than a worthy friend or advocate? We see other women as a threat, or someone to compete with…in looks. In material possessions. In education. In financial gain. In the way our children behave. In the way our marriages function. In social status.
Blah. I’m sick of it.
What if we stopped doing that? What would happen?
I submit that the world would change.
If we could stop caring about silly things, maybe just MAYBE, we could work together as well as the Lionesses. And if we did that? If a group of us can agree on a worthy cause, it will influence our children. Our spouses. Our communities.
Scripture tells us that there would be (figurative, please) blood if this were to happen. Numbers 23:24 says “the people rise like a lioness; they rouse themselves like a lion that does not rest till it devours its prey and drinks the blood of its victims.”
I’m against literal blood drinking. But, I am absolutely FOR fighting against cultural things that may harm my kids. How about the media assault on women? Child trafficking? Rampant violence, drugs, and pornography? I’d “drink the blood” of those victims with pleasure.
Who’s with me? Though I haven’t read the book yet – I’m excited about the “Lioness Arising” in my heart. C’mon girlfriends. We need each other.