Have you ever had one of those days? You know those days when it seems everything you put your hands to falls apart, nothing seem to go as planed. Those days were you feel defeated, insignificant, perhaps hopeless or even at a loss?
A few weeks back I was having one of those days, actually to be honest I was having one of those weeks or at least close to a week, 3 days to be exact. I had once again taken my eyes of the Father and was feeling particularly discouraged and dry.
In the middle of my self-imposed slump, something wonderful happened; I had an opportunity to have a discussion with a phenomenal woman. The funny thing was, she was phenomenal without knowing it. Funnier was that although I’ve known this woman my entire life, I didn’t know she was a phenomenal woman either.
The conversation although started on a grumpy note soon became encouraging, uplifting and left me in awe of the God we serve. As I began to talk to this woman about everything that was going wrong or at least what I “thought” was going wrong, she being to tell me about everything that was going right. For every negative I had, she came back with two positives. I wanted to whine, she suggested I worship. I wanted to prattle on in my pity she pushed me to praise quoting Psalms 34:1, Psalms 103:1, Philippians 4:4 and other scriptures.
She began reminding me about who I was and more than that WHOSE I was.
She provoked me to let the same mind be in me that was also in Christ Jesus and that meant not being double minded. She told me the truth; I needed to stand at the ready, to get focused and stay focused. I had to make a decision to believe the report of the Lord or to believe the report of my flesh, after all He’s either faithful or He’s not, what was I going to believe? She reminded me that the word of God tells us in Romans 8:6-7 that, to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. This meant I couldn’t afford to let my flesh dictate my circumstances. My “self” doesn’t always have my best interest at heart, how can it, if it is at enmity with God? She took me to the word of God where I read Isaiah 52:2 ) Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion. As I read she admonished me to shake myself, ridding my mind from collective lies of the enemy, to arise to my position as a woman of God and sit in the authority He has given me as a believer. She challenged, well to be honest it was more like commanded me to quit tripping and to step my game up!
The more this woman shared the more I wanted to know, when did this transformation happen, how did it happen? There used to be a time that she would steep the tea and pour the pot at my pity parties, what happened? How had she become this phenomenal woman of God without me realizing it?
Our conversation turned and we talked about her past, her present and her future. I listened intently as she shared in depth the things she has gone through and how time after time, the Lord delivered her and brought her out. She spoke honestly of her struggles and weaknesses and of the times she grew faint. She encouraged me in her telling of how each time the Father gently directed and led her path, after all her steps were and are ordered of Him. She chuckled as she recollected the times she had forgotten that very important aspect. She spoke of the trials and test she had endured not by her might or her will but by His spirit, by allowing Him to truly be Lord of her life, knowing that in her dwells no good thing but in Him and Him alone she is more than a conqueror. Her road has not always been an easy one, but it was the rough legs of the journey that she found her character being developed. Her prayer life produced, where wellsprings flowed in the desert.
As I meditated on all that was shared, I wanted to know what made her phenomenal. I looked up phenomenal and found that it is referenced to something or someone that is unusual, extraordinary, not normal – peculiar. Ah, now that’s a word I know -1 Peter 2:9 says: But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:
It is Jesus and He alone that makes her a phenomenal woman. I realized who she had become and is yet becoming has absolutely nothing to do with her. It was and is all a work of grace. Without realizing it she was coming into who He had called and created her to be. I saw her in an entirely new light, I saw the casings of the caterpillar being cast off and the wings of a butterfly emerge. The realization of this change left me weeping.
You see this woman, she was more than just a woman I knew or someone I met, this woman is me. In that moment by His grace I was able to see that I am no longer the same. Yes, I have been changed, not by works but by His grace. I no longer have to fall flat each time I hit a bump in the road, I can stand in His strength, His grace and His mercy. When I am weak He is strong. I no longer have to sit covered in dust waiting for someone to come and unlock my chains the Father has called me into freedom and it is up to me to walk in it, unfettered, unbound, for whom the Son has set free is free indeed.
Dear, dear well watered women as you read this today I want you to know that YOU are a phenomenal woman. If no one has told you that lately or ever, let me be the one to say it now; you ARE phenomenal! I see you in a place of victory, walking in all that the Lord has ordered and ordained for your life.
May be you haven’t caught a glimpse of her yet but trust me she is emerging. Not by power nor by might but by the Spirit of the Living God, that phenomenal woman hidden inside of you is coming forth! He is raising you up to be the phenomenal woman He created you to be. From Glory to Glory He is changing you, shaping you, forming you and bringing you to an expectant end.
Perhaps you are like me? Prior to this, when I thought of phenomenal women I had a total different perception of what she looked like and let me say that perception did not look anything like me. I though of women like Esther, Ruth, Mother Theresa you know those kind of women. Oh and what about the Proverbs 31 woman, WOW, now that was phenomenal. I’ve been saved for a long time and have yet to figure out how she was able to do it all and do it so well. These women without a doubt have left indelible marks that transcended their lifetimes and will transcend ours. They were history, or rather HIStory makers. Their stories have been told for centuries in the pages of the Bible.
They were also MY perception of phenomenal women, but that day the Father allowed me to see that a phenomenal woman is no different really than you or I. She is a woman committed to allowing His will to be done in her life. She is a woman laying her life at His feet, that He can make of it what He will.
She is willing to shake the dust off and come forth. She is a women waiting and ready to emerge as a daughter of Zion, her sins covered by the blood of the lamb, redeemed by grace. She is YOU! You are phenomenal and the Father has great plans for your life. You are unique; you are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are created in His image and are called according to His purpose, created to show for His praise. YOUR life is leaving an indelible mark and impacting the lives of others, YOU are a HIStory maker too.
Be encouraged today in knowing that you are phenomenal in God!