As I pulled up to the quaint little chapel my heart was beating rapidly and I started my deep breathing…just so I could get out of my car. The environment that surrounded me wasn’t ominous at all, it was just the uncertainty of what was waiting inside that was causing such trepidation.
I quietly prayed, “Father, if this isn’t a nice place, with nice ladies get me out of here quick.” One last deep breath, followed by another quick prayer, “Don’t let my car door open if I’m not supposed to be here!”, and then I stepped out of the car.
The minute my foot hit the ground a lady approached me, introduced herself and ushered me inside this quaint little building. She made sure to introduce me to everyone before she left my side. My fear had immediately fallen away and I knew I could make it through this new adventure today.
Scenarios like this one had become common place for me during the years of mine and my husband’s tour of Texas. Experiences of trying to find a way to fit in, in relatively short periods of time, with women I had never even met before.
On this particular day, with those fears and reservations running through my head, I met two incredible women who would instantly become forever friends. It was a jewel nestled in a package of uncertainty, a low sense of self confidence, and the fear of rejection.
Or, God’s kingdom is like a
jewel merchant on the hunt
for excellent pearls.
Finding one that is flawless,
he immediately sells everything
and buys it.
Matthew 13:45-46 (MSG)
Every day since then I have thanked Father for not allowing me to give in to the whispers of the enemy and possibly missing out on such precious gifts. Gifts that would lead to more jewels lying beneath the surface, just waiting to be mined.
My encouragement for you today is to simply step out. Be that girl who opens the door of uncertainty with the confidence knowing Father has something waiting for you to unearth. Be that girl who speaks out against the fear of rejection with boldness allowing Father to polish the diamond of “you are enough”…regardless! Be that girl who sparkles because you are the daughter of the Most High God and that is how you were created!
Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.