Saturday, March 06, 2010

SOOC Saturday - Where are we going?

I had a different post planned for today.  Of course I owed my husband some significant revenge for yesterday’s little “contribution”.

(Itty Bit woke up this morning and promptly said “That’s MY woman!” as I hugged Mr. Daddy… when I explained that someday he’d get to marry his own “my woman”, he looked at me in confusion and said, “What’s her name?”.  When I said, “I don’t know”, he came back with the best response ever… “Grandma!”)

~

Then Melody’s SOOC post popped up and I realized that I had something I wanted to share.

 

In the span of one week, our bloggy friends circle has included painful things.

divorce

job loss

cancer

money problems

drug use

death of a child

And as I attended a girls-only-dinner at church and experienced the worship and unity of a room full of women, I looked around to realize that each of these painful things was reflected in the lives of the women who had come.

Each table contained some kind of heartache and stories of mountains that had been climbed and valleys that had been crawled through.

 

Literally, as we sang (and signed) through the music, a young mother was seated next to me getting violently ill from her chemo.

And at another table sat a woman who had arrived to the dinner intoxicated.

And yet another beautiful girl sat with tears as the speaker spoke of battling through soul-consuming sadness.

 

Women who had been divorced.  Been beaten.  Were sick with cancer.  Struggling with infertility.  Raising their grandchildren.  Suicidal.  Disabled.  Fighting addiction.  Jobless.  Lonely.

We made up such a diverse group.  And sitting at that table, I realized that as picture-imperfect as we were, we were exactly who God wants to spend His days with.

And the Bible stories of Jesus befriending tax-collectors and adulterers and common people – were shown in living color around me.  Because they were me.

 

My son wakes up every morning and asks, “Where are we going?”

And through the ickiness and struggles, I need to remind myself, “Where are we going?”

Because it’s gonna be worth it all.

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39 comments:

Lisa said...

Beautiful words Rachel!

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Leiah said...

I so needed to hear this today. I'm struggling with a few things and I'm starting to 'wallow' as my mawmaw would say. Thanks for the kick to lift me up and get moving!

Foursons said...

Thank you Rachel.

semicrunchymama said...

Beautiful. I don't really even have the right words to say...just know this touched me deeply. I really needed to hear this.

semicrunchymama said...

On a lighter note...Itty “That’s MY woman!” had me snorting with laughter! Too funny! He's got quite a personality!

Melissa said...

Great post Rachel :)

Shelle said...

Hi, i'm joining in sotc today! lovely post...so true!

Pam D said...

Absolutely needed for so many people right now, Rach.. beautiful words from the heart. I'm not sure what it is.. perhaps the ongoing economic crunch, combined with such truly cold weather, but there are a lot of my friends who seem be showing cracks in their foundations lately. And so many of my little Lighthouse friends in dire straits.... it is hard to keep things in focus. I just have to remember to keep looking up....

natalie said...

Thank you...as I'm so struggling right now. What a beautiful surprise to come over here and read the words exactly as I needed to read them. The Lord used you in that single moment to minister to me. Thank you.

I love your image. Humble praise.

Mominin said...

Beautiful post!!

Danielle said...

Rachel,

Thank you so much for this. The video, and song, are the exact words I have been trying to reach. I appreciate you sharing this. I am getting back involved in a Sunday School class tomorrow, and I am SO eager about it.

Julie said...

Wow.... thanks. =)

Tara R. said...

Nicely said!

Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

Thanks, Rachel. I really needed that! God Bless!

Melody said...

Thank you, Rach, for letting God use you to speak to me.

wife.mom.nurse said...

That is a beautiful picture.

Wow, such heart wrenching problems. It makes me feel like I should calm down and recognize that mine are really minimal compared what so many others are struggling with.

Praying for all of those mentioned on this post...


~Julie

(I have missed you both so much and think of you often)

danette said...

Wow, that was beautiful. Thank you.

I just have to add - "Grandma!" I was ROFL when I read that :)

Dana said...

oh you KNOW that of course would tug my heart!

It's so hard to remember sometimes that someone is going through something when we ourselves are going through it. Oh what a beautiful post, Rachel!

And you should have just told Itty Bit...her name is Brooklyn. ;)

Jana said...

I have chills. My heart is heavy for some blog friends who all seem to have gotten ill at the same time too. Thanks for this post Rachel I love how you are looking at things and that your willing to ask yourself the important questions. I really hope and pray for peace for you and your community of friends.

robin said...

....beautiful....great post!

Emily said...

Beautiful, post, Rachel. Such a wonderful reminder of what really matters.

Mama Zen said...

Wow! This is just beautifully written.

Kmama said...

What a beautiful post (and sweet story about Itty Bit too!!).

Tina said...

It is so easy to forget sometimes that people all around us are hurting in their own lives.
Good Post!

Caroline (Frogmum) said...

Awesome post ~ it's always important to have the destination in mind, because sometimes the road gets terribly hard :(. I love the woman deep in praise (and the song) ~ it's a lovely shot.

Jennifer said...

It is such a comfort to know... no matter where we are in our own journey, that God is there for each and every one of us. Flaws and all! :)
~Jennifer
www.studiojru.com

He & Me + 3 said...

Amen Rachel...it will all be worth it. Beautiful post and that picture is so powerful. Wow!

City girl turned Country Girl said...

Oh my gosh Rach!! That just brought tears to my eyes! Such a clear truth about us all...

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Shannon said...

Rachel, this is such a beautiful post. Thank you for this! I have been so weighed down with the heaviness of the struggle in the world recently...orphans dying alone, broken relationships, a death in our community that leaves behind a 19 year old widow about to give birth to her first child. How can a heart hold it all. The answer is we can't, but the Lord can...wants to...longs to...went to the cross so that He could. Thank you for the reminder of where we are going and the One who carries us there.

Killlashandra said...

It is all worth it, some days are just more trying than others. Look around and see the beauty beside the suffering, it's still there. :)

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