When widowhood or anything else alters a woman’s life, the center of her identity doesn’t disintegrate, for she is not defined or redefined by circumstances, relationships, her resume, or public opinion. God defines her. If you looked up “woman” in God’s dictionary, you’d find the definition he set down as he drew up plans for the very first woman. He defined the woman as follows : “Image bearer; created in God’s image and likeness; called to be fruitful and multiply, to rule and subdue.” It’s the same kingdom definition that he gave to the man. . . . It ascribes to women and girls the highest value imaginable. . . .
A woman’s high calling as God’s image bearer renders her incapable of insignificance, no matter what has gone wrong in her life or how much she has lost. Even if her community shoves her aside, turns a deaf ear to the sound of her voice, or regards her as invisible—even if she is forced into a passive role in the community—she remains vital to God’s purposes and is a solid contributor anyway. She simply cannot be stopped.