Day 1, Story
“even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.”
Psalm 139:10 ESV
A year or so ago, my story was not the same. It was brave and descriptive and overall, the content served a purpose.
It told a few things readers might relate to, others unaware might be drawn to know more. It was about me and it was going to be about them.
Them, being the ones who brought me harm, stifled my self-confidence, my self-awareness, and my soul truly for a long time.
It would be about some who turned shielded eyes to say they’d not known, turned from my distress saying that must be where she wanted to go.
It was a hopeless story pretending to portray hope and may have caused hurt to a few.
Not necessarily an expose’, just would have thrown a lot of “shade” on a select more than few.
Today, I’m beginning 31 Days of writing. In October, along with the Five Minute Friday community, I’ll write using a prompt, today’s is “story”.
This is my story now.
The story I’m choosing, the one that is hopeful and intentional and is led closely by my Father, God.
By my Savior, Jesus and the Spirit saying choose this new way.
- I turned my eyes from the piece about the candidate and his high school buddies and what he really meant by what he wrote in the yearbook. I turned my attention away. Because last week the news and the media’s social conversation starters stirred up three nights of nightmares just as real as the days before. For a split second, I remembered clearly then turned my thoughts from those days, those nights.
- I didn’t contribute to the hashtag conversation on why I didn’t report. Even after so many strong women were, it has no bearing on me now, the conversations about before.
- I love my friend who suggested we all change our Facebook profile pic to blacked out squares. It is supposed to show men what the world would be like without women. Instead, I painted for three hours, a piece not up for sale. It occurred to me to black out my face on Facebook would mean darkness, fear, hiding. Decided I’d rather show God’s glory in me and the women I have around me. My profile pic is my painting.
- I planned to write “lightly” 31 Days and changed my theme. I’ll be writing “freely” knowing full well there is still slavery all around. Women who are hurting and angry and fired up and men who were who they were when they scoffed over the good old days with girls. They’re here and real. Their eyes may land here and I may never know their reaction to my choice to not join in. My choice that seems unpopular by the world’s take on this stirring up of women who will not stay silent. I choose silence because I know silence is God’s will for me staying well.
My story is freedom.
I’m sticking with it, my “freedom story”, the colors of my Bible are my Bible, of my life.
Healed and hopeful because of knowledge, joy, mercy, patience, love, grace, and understanding. It’s too much a burden to go back and begin carrying my hurt around again, too heavy a yoke of sad slavery.
“For freedom, Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”
Galatians 5:1 ESV
Father, if there are readers still reeling from trauma or reminded of trauma and feeling pulled back into fear, I pray you lead them to hope and that they find counseling specific to trauma recovery. I pray they know you are near and that persistence towards healing not the pursuit of patterns that cause us to stay focused on before is your desire. I pray you will remind them and me of the woman at the well, the woman who stood before men who were ready to cast stones. She watched them all drop to the ground as Jesus told her she was free, now go and remember this day no more. I pray you will remind us that fear is not from you, only hope. That those deserving of condemnation will surely be handled by You on our behalf.
Because of mercy,
Stay tuned, or better yet, join in. Tomorrow, Day 2 is prompted by “afraid”