The reminder started yesterday…
…whilst I was at my sister’s house, with lovely women buzzing around me — singing, sweeping, cleaning, and dancing (to some groovin’ tunes) as we worked together. Julie’s cutesy twin daughter’s were watching a video, and the song, “I Am A Promise” started to play… A simple song. An old song. “I am a promise, I am a possibility, I am a promise with a capital “P”! I am a great big bundle of potentiality!”
Little children’s faces started flashing across my mind… faces with chocolate stains, faces with snot crusted and dried on, laughing faces, and the big, gummy, no-teeth grins. Faces that have little legs dancing under them, and faces with tears flowing down their cheeks. Unborn faces that I see on the ultrasound screen wiggling, and waving. Faces of all colors, shapes, and sizes. Faces of hope. I saw faces of “bigger” kids… the man who calls the street his only home, the boy who just received his first paycheck, the girl who dreads school because of the ridicule she feels, the man who completes his first original song, the woman who cries alone in the motel feeling she has no choice but to sell herself to survive. The elderly woman, who opens a knock on her door excited to see her grandson. The angry man, who no matter how hard he tries, falls again into an outburst — shackled by insecurity. The happy couple that just had news of their first child.
Faces. The faces of promise. The faces of possibilities.
Your faces. My face.
This day is new for you! In the words of Jon Foreman, “Are you who you want to be?” Dare to move! Dare to work through whatever it is you face that keeps you from who you are created to be. Rejoice in the beauties, and know that the dark days are not forever. Don’t believe, or despair that your low point today will be the same low point tomorrow, and that you can never change. The possibilities are there. The promises are there. You are so uniquely created, by our loving Father. Reach for Him. Just one step at a time, my friend.
The growing process is slow… Be patient with yourself. Your Father is! Be kind to yourself, and don’t give up. Screw up? Pick yourself up, and reach for Him. Dig down deep, and grab hold of those things He has given in your care, and look to Him as your source of strength. Even though this world around us sometimes swirls fiercely, He remains the same. His love is steady, and His ways peace-filled.
You are full of potentiality! You are made in the image of God, and He has plans for you. Good plans! You are a miracle. You! An awe-inspiring miracle, uniquely designed, and wonderfully made by God!
(And, so is that person sitting next to you… so, treat them accordingly, too… but, that’s a whole another blog post. 😉 )
I’m a big fan of yours! But, most importantly… your Father is.
“You will show me the path of life: in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Psalm 16:11