Wing Women

by Cynthia Jennings on October 28, 2020
The term wingman is usually used in the slang referring to a man/woman who helps, protects, or guides a friend or associate; or a man/woman who helps a friend with romantic relationships, especially one who helps the friend attract a man/woman. But for the purpose of this blog I will use the word wing womanI prefer the term when used in the context of a noun as it refers to a pilot in a plane that flies just outside and behind the right wing of the leading aircraft in a flight formation, in order to provide protective support. My definition….wing woman—a woman who provides protective support consisting of but not limited to helping execute someone’s vision.

I was sitting in my office chair one day and I heard The Lord say loud and clear, “you know you are a wing woman!” A scowl came over my face. In my head I was thinking Lord what are you talking about. He began to rapidly replay in my mind all the times people asked me what I do. But He magnified one specific response from this lady. She said, “oh so you’re just play second fiddle to your husband?” With a raised eyebrow, I thought “did she not just hear what I said!” Lord why did you have to remind me of what this lady said. His response, “I want you to fully comprehend how important your role is as a wing woman.” “Some people will look at your role as being subservient but because I purposed you in that role you carry more power than you even realize.”

There are plenty of women who are “bosses “and in the spotlight. I know several personally. I applaud, appreciate, cheer them on and support when and where I can. I must be honest there were times when I questioned why I’m not a boss in a sense where I’m in the spotlight (the enemy will have you questioning stuff you shouldn’t question. lbvvs). Overtime God kept showing me that’s not what I called and purposed you for. “I called and purposed you to be a wing woman! I called and purposed you to provide protective support.” “Do you not remember how I made woman?” God reminded me, “I fashioned her from the rib of Adam.” “The function of the rib cage is for protection, support and respiration.” Ding ding ding!!!!! This was an aha moment!

In the midst of my aha moment the enemy pushed the rewind button on all those times I felt out of place when I was in certain environments around certain people. I felt uncomfortable in sharing what I do because what I do is not in the spotlight and so I thought not worthy to “boast” about.
Yet once again God had to tap me on my head. God stopped the enemies rewind button and pushed His play button. God’s play button allowed me to think about ALL the boss stuff I do that no one sees. And more importantly I began to give God glory for trusting me with such an important function as the wing woman.

The enemy wanted me to believe the lie that being a wing woman was less than. But there is no greater joy than to humbly accept unknown and unseen assignments of a wing woman, as did the many women who served at the feet of Jesus. It’s unfortunate that the ancient text seldom spent time mentioning these women and when they did it was often in derogatory terms. Some of these women were looked at as nothing but sinners or less than. However, the sacrifices and commitment these women had in following and supporting Jesus’ ministry in the spread of The Gospel is more than commendable. It’s actually encouraging in that it doesn’t matter where you came from or what your condition is, God can and will use you for His glory!

So, for all my wing women, hold your head up and give God the glory!!!

PEARLStoPONDER: Whether you’re a boss woman soaring in the spotlight or a wing woman flying just outside and right behind the leader. Humbly accept the role God has placed you in with the understanding He placed you in that role for His glory not yours! {God gives bosses and leaders the vision. However, there is always a wing woman that helps execute the vision}.

Genesis 2:22-23-- 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

Luke 7:36-50-- 36 One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee's house and reclined at table. 37 And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, 38 and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” 40 And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.”41 “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” 44 Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48 And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” 50 And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Luke 8:1-3-- Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod's household manager, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means.

John 20:11-18-- 11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14 Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.
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