I read something amazing about Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe. Specifically, it was about how Marilyn Monroe was an advocate for Ella Fitzgerald at a time when it would have been much easier to simply look the other way.
Here’s the story:
During the ‘50s, one of the most popular venues was Mocambo in Hollywood. Frank Sinatra made his Los Angeles debut at Mocambo in 1943, and it was frequented by the likes of Clark Gable, Charlie Chaplin, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and Lana Turner.
Fitzgerald was not allowed to play at Mocambo because of her race. Then, one of her biggest fans made a telephone call that quite possibly changed the path of her career for good. Here, she tells the story of how Marilyn Monroe changed her life:
“I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt … she personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him – and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status – that the press would go wild.
“The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman – a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.”
I firmly believe that every single one of us could use an advocate like that. Someone who will stand up for us and fight for us. Someone who will see us when others look past us and ignore us. Someone who will come to our aid.
In 1 John 2:1, we read “You are my little children, so I am writing these things to help you avoid sin. If, however, any believer does sin, we have a high-powered defense lawyer—Jesus the Anointed, the righteous—arguing on our behalf before the Father”
Did you catch that? We have an advocate in Jesus. We have a Great High Priest who never ceases to intercede on our behalf. If God in Jesus is for us, who can possibly ever be against us?
Remember that the next time you feel invisible or defeated or lost. Jesus is on your side.