STUCK IN A STAGNANT SWAMP.
UP AGAINST A BRICK WALL.
WANDERING IN A MAZE.
SQUARE PEG IN A ROUND HOLE.
MISSING THE ACTION.
AN ACCIDENT WITHOUT PURPOSE.
Umm, yeah, that’s been my reality the past few months. And I’ve felt as much like a cliche as those phrases. BUT God hasn’t been stuck, wandering or missing. I couldn’t see behind the curtain where He’s been busy putting answers together for the requests I was making: #1) to be in relationship with other Christian women local to my area who desire to write, and #2) to find a way to serve in His kingdom.
It meant stepping a bit out of my comfort zone to attend an event where I basically didn’t know anyone. It was called “Safe Harbor”. And through that window, a light glowed, showing a pathway to explore. That pathway led to something called “Rooted”, a 10-week class at Calvary Community Church in Sumner, Washington. In a small group setting, we shared our life stories with each other, saw how God is present, cheering for us and empowering us, knitting us together as a community in order to be of service to each other as well as the larger community around us.
At our Rooted Celebration Evening last week, along with several dozen other people, I
participated in The Cardboard Testimony. My cardboard sign proclaimed on one side
where I’d been before Rooted, and on the other side where I am today.
My small group leader asked us to choose a new name for ourselves. The name that jumped out at me was MASTERPIECE, designed on purpose with purpose, not an accident at all.
Going forward I’m stepping into a new role, as facilitator of the women in my small group from Rooted. There’s the answer to my second request. My first request? Well, at that event I went to outside of my comfort zone I met a woman with a powerful story who desires to write a book and who needs encouragement in getting that done. She introduced me to two other women who want to write and are looking for encouragement. They asked me to mentor them! I think we’ll all be mentoring each other as we each have something to offer.
RAFTING OUT OF THE MUCK.
A LADDER OVER THE TOP.
GPS THROUGH THE MAZE.
FOUND THE CHISEL.