The dress, the boots and packing up a house...
In addition to being one of Bayou City Fellowship's faithful women's pastors, Corlischa lets her mind wander into the sweet place of "what if we just said 'yes' to God every time and in fullness?" I can hear her saying those words in my mind's ear with her gorgeous accent. She has the ability to mix practicality with dreaming in a way that encourages other brothers and sisters of the faith to want to walk through life in this supernatural relationship with our God in obedience. She prays for the Church and for you faithfully. In this post she blesses us with insight about changing seasons in a way that we all can relate to as women. In the same way that Paul shares his heart with the Philippians in his letter to them (chapter 3), she encourages us "let go of what lies behind and press forward to what lies ahead, to pursue the goal that is Jesus.". Don't miss this!
Love you all,
I have two confessions to make.
Confession #1: I have not mothered my own children yet and thinking about something that could possibly be encouraging on a blog addressed to moms who I respect and esteem highly makes me feel completely out of depth. So here is the thing, I don’t mother yet, but I do a lot of women-things.
My life consists of meeting, talking, dreaming and thinking about ways that we can all discover the Truth of who Jesus is in our daily lives. And one thing that I have learned about women is that we often long for things that we don’t have, or things that we used to have, or things that we see our friend has. I’m not talking about a jealous longing; I’m talking about wanting to go back to a season where things seemed more “perfect” than what they are right now. So with this confession behind us, I want to write to you as women and not as moms.
Confession #2: I am not a selfie type of girl. I forget to take pictures and if I do, I forget to post it. I love selfies of other people, but I don’t think about taking them myself. For those of you who are on Facebook, you know that Facebook reminds you of pictures that we have posted a few years ago. This causes the occasional dying with laughter, but then I also have slightly embarrassing moments and the hope that no one ever sees what I have posted five years ago. But here is a little something that my Facebook reminder of three years ago taught me.
This awkward picture of me in a dress, boots and a house that is being packed up was taken a few days before I moved to Houston from South African. Somehow, looking at the dress, these boots and this house it seemed as if it was a perfect day in a messy house. The Facebook reminder made me long for the dress and boots. It made me go through my closet to find it, but the sad reality is that the dress doesn’t fit right anymore. Not only is it probably out of style, but trying it on made me feel uncomfortable and squashed in. I was looking at the boots and even they seemed oddly foreign to me.
I stared at the picture and then at myself in the mirror. It was the same dress and the same boots, but it just didn’t feel or fit the same way as I remembered it. It looks exactly the same on the hanger, but it’s not mine to wear anymore. I think we often do the same thing with previous seasons. Sometimes there is a longing to go back or to have the exact same thing because the way we remember it was perfect, but the truth is all of us grow and outgrow the “clothes” of previous seasons.
I wonder what it is that you are longing for. What is your “dress”, your “boots” or your beloved “home”? Because you have grown too. You are not the same as you use to be. And clinging to the “clothes” of a previous season does not mean it will still fit you. I believe the moment we let go of anything that holds us back is when we see exactly what the Lord Jesus has right in front of us. I am praying for you and for myself that we will do exactly as the prophet Isaiah writes in chapter 43:18-19:
“Remember not the former things,
nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.”
May you have the courage to let go of the past season and embrace the “style” of what this new season hold for you. And may He be the One who make a pathway in the wilderness and dry places.