“Woman is the crown of creation-the most intricate, dazzling creature on earth. She has a crucial role to play, a destiny of her own.” (pg. 26)
This is one of the many times a woman is referred to as a crown of creation and as Miss Esther Tara pointed out it gives us girls a great feeling to know the Lord thinks of us in this way…we were meant to do more than what the world tells us, we were meant to simply be ourselves, dazzling, brilliant, radiant! These adjectives only hint at how bright were meant to shine for our creator. “When you are with a woman, ask yourself, what is she telling me about God? It will open up wonders for you.” (Pg. 26) here is a man who has taken a deep look inside to see the value a woman of God brings to this world. As we go further we see that woman was tricked into thinking lies as the enemy filled her head with nonsense in Genesis so does he speak lies today. I love how John and Stasi Eldredge puts it:
“The woman was convinced. That’s it? Just like that? In a matter of moments? Convinced that God was holding out on her. Convinced that she could not trust his heart toward her. Convinces that in order to have the best possible life, she must take matters into her own hands.” (Pg. 47-48)
This is where things begin to crumble, not visually at first but eventually the decision to make things happen relying totally on our own doing and self to accomplish any specific purpose is in itself destructive. Once we trust the Lord and the fact that He has our best interest at heart we see He is a far better orchestrator than we’ll ever be. Yes, we may stumble but in the end we will see it was for our good.
Below are some other quotes I have highlighted in the chapter “Haunted by a question”
“There is an emptiness in us that we continually try to feed. And Can’t you see how much you need to have things under your control-whether it’s a project of a ministry of a marriage?…Most of our energy is spent trying to hide our true selves, and control our worlds to have some sense of security.”
Where do we seek to have a sense of security, I do believe it is safe to say there were times when we could all relate to wanting to be in control to experience security or something of the sort but you know what I learned there is greater security and something liberating about letting Go and allowing God to be in full control. Another interesting thought:
“Controlling women tend to be very well rewarded in this fallen world of ours. ..We are the ones put in charge of our women’s ministries. Can-Do, Bottom-Line, Get-It-Donw kinds of women…we have never considered that by living a controlling and domineering life, we are really refusing to trust our God.” (pg. 53)
Hmm…Can you believe being in a place where you refuse to do what is good for you? I can, we’ve all been there simply because we’re human but with the power of the holy spirit we allow the Lord to take full control of our lives and the path we take to bring Him all glory and honor. While some may be controlling with strong personalities, others may be timid and hiding and guess what? “We hide because we are afraid. We have been wounded and wounded deeply….by hiding, we take matters into our own hands.” (pg. 56)
Just know it is o.k. to be you “All of our hearts are at some level unsatisfied and longing. It is our insatiable need for more that drives us to our God.”( pg. 58) Passing along through quite a few highlighted statements we learn we are not too much, we were designed just the way we are for a reason, embrace that beautiful, big, sweet, loving personality of yours! As pointed out in chapter five “A Special Hatred” the enemy hates us being feminine, lively and vibrant but this is who we are…deep….down…on the inside. As I come to a close I want to bring our attention to a thought highlighted earlier. The Lord cares deeply for you, just ready Matthew 6:26.
“You are the glorious Image bearer of the Lord Jesus Christ-the Crown of his creation…He came to restore the glorious creation that you are. And then set you free…to be yourself.” (pg. 95)
Tonight my husband and I were watching Chronicles of Narnia, the last of the series where the kids are all grown up. The once little girl (Lucy, I had to google her name) who discovered Narnia and Aslan wishes to be beautiful, just like her big sis… she eventually learns if she wasn’t herself this story and adventure wouldn’t be the same, actually none of it would have happened if she wasn’t who she was created to be! I know this is only a movie but I found it beautiful that as the movie was coming to an end Lucy has the opportunity to share this simple yet very important lesson learned recently. During a very triumphant time a little girl in her care looks up and says “I want to be just like you when I grow up” she responds “Be just like you when you grow up” I would go further to say, “Be the best you when you grow up!”
Just be yourself.