God Comes to Women (Divine Nature of Women 2 of 7)

Dear Reader,

If you follow us on Instagram, you may have seen this post we put up a couple weeks ago. It was called God Comes to Women and was accompanied by this image:



Here’s what it said:



Have you ever noticed how in the scriptures men are always going up into the mountains to commune with the Lord?

Yet in the scriptures we hardly ever hear of women going to the mountains. But we know why — right?

Because the women were too busy keeping life going; they couldn’t abandon babies, meals, homes, fires, gardens, and a thousand responsibilities to make the climb into the mountains!

I was talking to a friend the other day, saying that as a modern woman I feel like I’m never “free” enough from my responsibilities, never in a quiet enough space I want with God.

Her response floored me, “That is why God comes to women. Men have to climb the mountain to meet God, but God comes to women wherever they are.”

Read the entire post here.

Original 🖌: Heather F.


This post, which helped inspire this series, was one of our most organically liked posts within just a couple hours of posting that we’ve ever put up. Clearly, it touched a lot of people, so we wanted to delve deeper into the topic.  

If you caught last weeks’ email, you’ll recall we talked about Sarah from the old Testament, and the Woman with the Issue of Blood and the Woman at the Well from the New Testament. These three women were all plagued with feelings of unworthiness, yet all three of them were visited by the Lord. 





In Genesis Chapter 18, God comes to Abraham and Sarah, and in verse 9, God said to Abraham, “Where is Sarah, your wife?” to which Abraham replied, “Behold, in the tent.”

The Lord then goes on to promise Abraham that he will “return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son.”

Sarah was standing behind them in the door, and laughed to herself, thinking she was “old and well stricken in age,” (11) to bear children. 

To which the Lord reassured her and Abraham that they would have a son . . . after reminding them that he was the Lord, of course. (Whoops.)

As a side note, it’s interesting to think that before they received this blessing, the Lord changed Abram’s name to Abraham, and Sarai’s to Sarah. When before, Sarai had been so hurt that Hagar was able to bear Abram a child when she was not. But when she became Sarah, only then were those blessings fulfilled. It calls to mind Saul on the road to Damascus being reborn as Paul. 

Maybe just like Paul, Abraham and Sarah needed a fresh start in the Lord?


The Woman With The Issue Of Blood



If you recall, in the story of the Woman with the Issue of Blood in Mark Chapter 5, that when she touched his robe, that Christ “knowing within himself that virtue had gone out of him” (30) immediately turned and asked His disciples who had touched him, as he was in a crowd, and then immediately looked for her. 

And when He found her what did He say to her? “Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.” 

She showed faith in a gesture as simple as touching the hem of His robe, and because of this, she was healed and He came to her. 


The Woman At The Well



As I mentioned last week, The Woman at the Well was at very least surprised that Jesus would ask her for water, for religious and racial reasons, but also because she was a woman. “How is it a Jew, askest drink of me, which is a woman of Samaria?” (John 4:9)

It just wasn’t done. 

He replied “If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.” (10)

Here He’s leading up to telling her who He is, but she’s still confused, and actually gets snippy with Him. “Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?” (11-12)

There’s obviously a lot at play here. Her response is a pretty good indication of how she was treated or how she expected to be treated. Again, there were religious, racial, and gender issues at play here in her mind that she’d dealt with before. And she was at the well in the middle of the day because even her own people, and gender, wanted nothing to do with her. 

Jesus responded with these powerful words, “Whosever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (13-14)

I can only imagine how confused she was as He eased her into the truth of who He was, but she still managed to say, “Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.” (15)

In the verses that follow, Jesus asks her to bring her husband, as we mentioned last week, which leads into a conversation about how she’s had five husbands and the man she’s currently with is not one of them. She believes that he’s come there to preach to her and they talk about where the proper place to worship is and will be. All of this of course leading up to the big reveal. 

She said, “I know that the Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.” (25)

To which Jesus replied, “I that speak unto thee am he.”

Was it an accident that Jesus came to Jacob’s well, at this time of day, in this area, and met this specific woman? 

One thing we know about Jesus is that he often picks people that those of the prospective times would not have expected, take Moses with his stutter, or Matthew the tax collector, or Simon the Zealot, or Mary Magdalene after she’d been possessed by seven demons. Everything Jesus did was intentional. So, no. It wasn’t an accident. 

It wasn’t an accident that He, being a Jew, picked a Samaritan woman, with the religious, racial, gender, and reputation issues to contend with to be the first person He told publicly that He was the Christ. As always, He was breaking barriers. 

In her mind, she had all those things working against her, and yet, He still chose her. Can you imagine that kind of love? He feels that same love for you—no matter your circumstances. 

No wonder the Woman at the Well responded the way she did. (But I’m not getting into that this week; you’ll have to come back next week to hear about it. *wink)


King Lamoni's Wife



Now, this story is a little different than the ones above. Jesus didn’t appear to King Lamoni’s wife in person, but His servant went, and sometimes that’s just how He works. 

In Alma 18, Ammon bears his testimony of Jesus Christ and the atonement and King Lamoni believes his words, and “fell unto the earth, as if he were dead.” (42) In response his servants carried him away where he “lay as if he were dead for the space of two days and two nights.” (43) And his family grieved his loss. 

In chapter 19, King Lamoni’s wife calls for Ammon, having heard of his “fame” and he goes to her. She tells him that some think her husband is not dead, while others say he is and should be placed in the sepulchre, but then says, “but as for myself, to me he doth not stink.” (5) Haha!

Alma 19:6 Now, this was what Ammon desired, for he knew that king Lamoni was under the power of God; he knew that the dark veil of unbelief was being cast away from his mind, and the light which did light up his mind, which was the light of the glory of God, which was a marvelous light of his goodness—yea, this light had infused such joy into his soul, the cloud of darkness having been dispelled, and that the light of everlasting life was lit up in his soul, yea, he knew that this had overcome his natural frame, and he was carried away in God.

Isn’t that beautiful? “The dark veil of unbelief was being cast away from his mind.” What a phenomenal description! I love this verse so much. While I’ve had moments in my life where I’ve felt this, felt light infusing my soul with joy, especially on my mission, I would certainly love to feel it more often. 

Well, Ammon went in to see the King, and told the Queen that King Lamoni wasn’t dead, that he was just asleep. And then he said to her, “Blessed art thou because of thy exceeding faith; I say unto thee woman, there has not been such great faith among all the people of the Nephites.” (10)

And the Nephites were those already converted to the Lord! Ammon, a servant of God, then tells her that her husband will wake up the next day. She watched over her husband’s form until he did, in fact, wake—I’m assuming taking great comfort in knowing he would. 

And when King Lamoni awoke, what did he say? 

“Blessed be the name of God, and blessed art thou. (The Queen.) For as sure as thou livest, behold, I have seen my Redeemer; and he shall come forth, and be born of a woman and he shall redeem all mankind who believe on his name.”

What an incredibly powerful, spiritual moment that must have been! 

And all King Lamoni’s wife did was call for a servant of the Lord.


Other Examples

Of course there are many other examples of God coming to women. Coming to them in their sick beds, in their kitchens, at burials, and more!, that we could talk about, but I wanted to give you one more example from our own day. 

This story comes from Meridian Magazine:

"Early one day, a woman was getting ready to exercise in the morning, when she had the strangest thought that she needed to make cinnamon rolls. She didn’t particularly want to make cinnamon rolls, or feel like she was very good at making them, and wondered who would possibly want them because of that, but the impression she had to make those rolls got stronger and more urgent until she could no longer deny it. 

She hurried to make them, and while they were baking, quickly got ready for the day. When she pulled the rolls out of the oven, they were the most perfect rolls she’d ever made, and she was thrilled! She quickly put them in a box, as the Spirit urged her to hurry, and flew out her door. 

As she was leaving, her kids pulled into her driveaway, and she had to ask them to move, and the feeling that she had to get out of there became even stronger. Her kids looked at her like she was crazy, but got out of the way. She proceeded to drive through her neighborhood, thinking the rolls must be for someone in her ward or stake, but she just kept driving farther and farther away. She felt like someone else was driving the car. 

Finally, at a stop light, she noticed the car in front of her had California license plates, she was from California, and suddenly she knew the rolls were for whoever was in that car. She followed them until they stopped in front of a house. When they got out, she was surprised to see her visiting teacher from California, and her home teacher. She’d loved this couple, and their kindness, and had always wished she could do more for them. 

They embraced, and she asked her friends what they were doing there. Turns out her friends’, the visiting teacher, mother had just passed away and they were there for the funeral. 

Her friend told her that her dad was so distraught over his wife’s death, and that he’d been thinking about his wife’s cinnamon rolls and how he wished he had one to comfort him. 

It was then that this faithful woman, sent by the Spirit of the Lord, to another woman and family in need, handed over the box of cinnamon rolls." Read the full story here



I love this story so much because it casts “woman” as both servant and the one God comes to, amongst others.  

“He values us. He loves us. Each daughter of God is beloved by Him and He desires to see us all succeed.” - Sister Neill F. Marriott 

We know this to be true, and are so excited to see where this series takes us!

Be sure to tune in next week where we’ll be talking about The Power of a Converted Woman. 

And, now, we want to hear from you! When was there a time in your life when “God came to you” either in prayer or from one of His servants, OR when were you a tool in His hands to help another?


The Cedar Fort Family

P.S. Want to learn more about how God touches the lives of women? Check out our Women at the Well, God Comes to Women, and Women of Power in our Celebrating Women Collection here!

P.P.S. Full Divine Nature of Women Series

  1. The Struggle with Feeling Worthy
  2. God Comes to Women
  3. The Power of a Converted Woman
  4. The Blessings of Being a Woman in the Latter-days
  5. Women and Education 
  6. Famous LDS Women
  7. Women of the Scriptures and What We Can Learn from Them
  8. Motherhood