“We must let our light shine through the cracks. Step into the light and let people see what a real God woman looks like.”
When I asked to tell her story, she said there’s not much there.
She said the same.
And so did she. And she.
But I said, “You’re wrong. There’s so much. So much you’re missing. The thriving career, working with the big-name designer. The kids kept safe, the lives you’re shaping. The Friday night make-stuff-party you host in your loft apartment.
“Don’t you see?”
But they don’t. They are women who believe they are made by the Choreographer of the Universe, but they see themselves as small.
And, in a sense, we are small. James 4, my favourite bit of the Bible, tells us that we are but a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. That our lives are ordered by God, and that the time we have here is but a breath on the wind. But we are also more.
John Wesley said that the whole world would come watch a person who had lit himself on fire. The Greeks wrote of inspiration as a gift from the muses, a kind of madness, a divine fever.
The capacity to create …
the passionate pursuit of a life well lived …
the fervour of uninhibited ambition …
These are evidence of our divine image — the breath of God which animates us.
And we live it all broken. Seeing ourselves as small; as not meeting our potential. And we aren’t. Not on this side of heaven. But this is no reason to hide. On the contrary. We must let our light shine through the cracks. Step into the light and let people see what a real God woman looks like.
My dear SheLoves sisters, I’d love to hear your thoughts:
- Do you believe you have a story to tell?
- Which expression of you is evidence of your divine image?
- Any other thoughts?
Christina recently traded the seaside views of Bowen Island, BC for the banks of Toronto’s Humber River where she, her husband and two young children attend Grace Toronto Church. Her work has appeared in MUSE and Vancouver magazine, and is forthcoming in UPPERCASE, Geez and the Literary Review of Canada. She is the founder of SeekingEve.ca and blogs at www.christinacrook.com.
Image credit: Dance Like No One is Watching, by HDC Photography.