The opposite of a wimpy woman is not a brash, pushy, loud, controlling, sassy, uppity, arrogant Amazon. The opposite of a wimpy woman is fourteen-year-old Marie Durant, a French Christian in the 17th century who was arrested for being a Protestant and told she could be released if she said one phrase: “I abjure.” Instead, wrote on the wall of her cell, “Resist,” and stayed there 38 years.
(below is an actual photo of the “REGISTER” [resist] etched in stone)
The first time I read the above quote, I was amazed. I decided to do some more research on Marie and below is what I found.
“Depite her tender youth, Marie became the Christian focal point of the Tower and an encouragement to the other women with whom she was imprisoned. For 38 years, Marie served as nurse and spiritual leader. She read psalms, encouraged the dying, sang hymns, and prayed daily. She also acted as official correspondent, penning letters for those who could not write, and sending petitions to government officials informing them of the prison’s horrible conditions and petitioning for release and assistance. Many of her letters still exist today.”
I also found, after she was released, she went home to find her father and husband had already died. She died 8 years later.
So as I was greatly admiring this courageous woman and I began to think about why I admired her so much.
It’s not that she accomplished some grand achievement by the world’s standard, reached heights in business, became popular in media or was even great in ministry.
She simply resisted.
She resisted to deny Christ.
She was faithful to her Savior.
She would not bend or move. How could she stay locked up in a tower for 38 years? She must have truly saw that having Christ was worth more than going free, having a family and home. Such courage and strength could only come from Christ alone and I feel we could greatly learn from her example.
Let me bring forward a thought to ponder on…What are we resisting for Christ?
We may not be resisting to deny our faith like this girl, but we should be resisting against sin and other things that strive to turn our eyes away from Christ.
Do we resist?
Resist pride, selfishness, envy, depression, fear, doubt, complaining or anger? Are we resisting the lies of the enemy? Are we resisting what the enemy says about our God, about wifehood, motherhood or singleness? We must resist anything that tries to tear down our love and faith in Christ.
We too can be courageous women in resisting the temptation of the enemy, going against the world and standing for truth by Christ’s strength alone. Please do not think you are strong enough to resist. You are not! You must run to Christ for strength. Run to Him with everything because nothing is too big or too small that He is not interested in giving you strength to overcome. Run to Him every hour, or minute if you must, He never grows weary or tired of hearing and helping.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Ephesians 6:10
I hope this story will encourage and emboldened you to resist for Christ!
Let’s strive together to be women who resist!
May you press on to know Christ!