Those Who Paved the Way
"But the crowds were aware of this and followed Him; and welcoming them, He began speaking to them about the kingdom of God and curing those who had need of healing."
- Luke 9:11
"Getting up, He went from there to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan; crowds gathered around Him again, and, according to His custom, He once more began to teach them."
- Mark 10:1
Was I part of the crowd that went to go see Jesus? No, but based on the scriptures above I experienced a moment reminiscent of this. 2 weeks ago, I was on social media and saw an event featuring Dr. Mae Jemison. Her presence in a local city isn't taken lightly, as her resume speaks for her before she arrives at any venue. As soon as I saw her headlining the event, I planned to attend with my oldest daughter. Dr. Jemison is a legend in the fields of science (physical and social), engineering, business, and STEM, and it was important for my daughter to see an example of the heights a woman, an African American at that, can reach. Seeing how African American women can raise the bar beyond the glass ceiling would've been a major highlight of her childhood.
If you noticed, I said would've...unfortunately it didn't happen. As we arrived at the venue, we saw a crowd of people waiting outside hoping to be granted entrance to see Dr. Jemison. I knew the event would be packed, but I had no idea the venue hit max capacity...this was a large venue that contained 3 floors, and not a single seat was available. As my daughter and I disappointingly left to return home, I was reminded of how people would come from miles, even other cities, to see Christ. Scripture gives illustrations of people climbing the roofs of houses, buildings, and trees to hear Jesus speak because he set the bar for freedom from sin and bondage that no one can exceed.
As we arrived home, I told my daughter that we're not missing another opportunity to see Dr. Jemison should she be in our city again. As you read a snippet of her achievements, remember to make time to appreciate those who paved the way for the impossible to be done.
Introducing Dr. Mae Jemison
Astronaut, engineer, entrepreneur, physician and educator, Dr. Mae Jemison is at the forefront of integrating the physical and social sciences with art and culture to solve problems and foster innovation. Jemison leads 100 Year Starship®, a global initiative seed funded through a competitive grant from DARPA to ensure the capabilities for human travel to another star within the next 100 years while transforming life on Earth. Jemison served six years as a NASA astronaut and was the first woman of color in the world to go into space aboard a joint space shuttle mission with the Japanese space agency. Trained as an engineer, social scientist and dancer, Jemison, a medical doctor, was the Area Peace Corps Medical Officer for Sierra Leone and Liberia. As a professor at Dartmouth College, Jemison focused on technologies designs for sustainability for both industrialized and developing nations. She founded two technology companies and the non-profit Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence which designs and implements STEM education experiences impacting thousands of students and hundreds of teachers worldwide. She is member U.S. National Academy of Medicine, Fortune 500 companies’ boards, and the National Women’s Hall of Fame. In September 2017 Jemison spearheaded Look Upä to connect people to space, Earth and each other.