“And there she stands
Throwing both her arms around the world
The world that doesn’t even know
How much it needs this little girl
It’s all gonna be magnificent, she says.”
Whenever I listen to these words from the beautiful, heart-stirring song by “Elbow”, it brings so many images to my mind.
I see me. How and WHO I want to be.
I see her vividly in my mind.
She is laughing.
She is Free.
Smiling so big that it makes her crinkle her nose. The same smile that she knows her husband fell in love with her, many, many years ago. She still smiles and laughs, but is it the same? Is it as often, back when life seemed easier? More simple?
I see the “little girl” that I used to be. The me before “life got in the way.” Life has been beautiful and I Thank God for all my blessings. My husband. My beautiful daughter. I have truly been blessed beyond measure. But, like most of you, I have experienced pain and darkness. Sometimes I feel like it’s taken its toll on my spirit.
When this song plays, I see the woman I want to be. A woman who puts her wholehearted trust and confidence in God each and every day. Who believes that He will walk with her through whatever might come her way. Shouldn’t she know that, and have the deepest faith, because He’s always been with her, even in her darkest hours? She wants to believe that God will give her the desires of her heart, and He KNOWS her heart’s desires.
“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” Proverbs 31:25
Do I want to be that woman?! Do I want to laugh without fear of the future? A resounding Yes!
Do I want anxiety do my constant companion?
Do I want fear to STOP Me?
Can I use this fear, instead, as a CATALYST to drive me forward into the direction, the path, I want to go? Sometimes I think we get to a point in our lives where we get so fed up with… so tired of the way we’ve been living. The roadblocks standing in our way.
And then we feel this anger rise within us. An anger because, we KNOW, we deserve better than this. We deserve to be treated better than we have been treating ourselves. We become angry at the Enemy for the lies and doubts he’s instilled within us, that we have been listening to for FAR TOO LONG.
I know that God is walking with me on this journey. He knows where I’ve been. He knows my heart. He knows the power of Satan, and God knows the lies that I have held onto.
He’s been working on my heart. This has been a year of “growing pains.”
It’s painful to grow. But it is worth it!
If you feel stuck, you can get out. A seed has to be planted in the ground, and it works hard to break out of its shell and through the earth to blossom into beauty. To see the sun and the light, sometimes it takes going through darkness. And it takes time. Patience.
There’s a place where I want to be, and our family to be, that I envision.
There’s been Resistance. It makes me laugh, because Satan sees. He sees me. He sees this stirring within me, the things I’m trying to let go of, and the good things of God that I’m trying to cling to. And he doesn’t want me to say goodbye to him. He wants to dwell in my heart, soul, spirit, and mind.
But he doesn’t belong there.
And I laugh, because I know that…
“It’s All Gonna Be Magnificent.”