I hope that today is a day of reflection for you. It definitely is for me. I have old (and some not-so-old) scenes of scarcity running through my head and a deep sense of abundance as it smooths over all of my ragged edges.
I think that we, as woman, are standing on a threshold, and it's a very old threshold. We've been rebelling against our own distorted culture for a long, long time. We've been demanding and pushing and pleading and sometimes, just not budging. We. Want. Change.
But, while we work and push and plead, we are withering inside. Most of us know that overcoming our internal battle is much harder than the external one. Rallying behind a cause, or a dove commercial, or a loud voice is one thing. Rallying behind our own hearts and bodies is another. Maybe it's because we're afraid that, if we really get vulnerable and raw, everyone else will notice our failures too. If we talk about our bodies and our battered hearts, or the presence of a Rachel in our lives, maybe the rest of the world will shrink away in disgust. And, when the woman next to us gets transparent enough to voice what we're all feeling, we're able to see that we only VALUE her bravery. We don't despise her for it. We don't judge her for it. In fact, we wish we could be that strong. We wish we could say those things.
In our world, courage is the most valuable currency.
So start earning. And start spending.
Scarcity is a thief, friends. It will sneak in under the door and rob us blind. Scarcity will carry us off and we will find ourselves lost in a sea of bitterness and disappointment. But there is a certain and constant Rescuer. We stand on our threshold, hearts hammering inside of our chests. We inch our toes over that well-worn line. We lean in, just a little, wondering what is on the other side and if we are brave enough to find out.
He is the Gate. THE Gate, friends.
"I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for - will freely go in and out, and find pasture. A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of."
John 10:9 & 10
And THIS is the inheritance of those who walk through the Gate:
"I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you're joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can't produce a thing."
Catch that, sisters? Separated from Him, living our lives on the threshold, will only produce nothing. We won't budge. We will stand in that same small space for a very long time and only feel the sting of what scarcity took from us. But joined with him, stepping brave feet over old lines, will produce an abundant harvest. We will reap fruit. We will stand together and celebrate the overflowing abundance that came from going His way. With our courage we will feed the hearts of every woman we meet.
Todays challenge is very simple. Seek out your closest, healthiest friendship. Have an honest conversation and tell each other what feeds scarcity in your heart. Pray for each other. Listen to each other. Take a step over the threshold. Freedom is waiting.