As I prepare to take some vacation time, I started wondering what I could share with you. Time for preparation is short and lots has been going on! Then God sent a voice through a co-worker. She sent me the following quote: “Be the woman who walks through Fire and still comes out carrying buckets of water for others.” (original source unknown)
That is a very challenging statement. The more I thought about it, I remembered that August 15th is the Feast of the Assumption. If anyone has walked through fire, Mary has! From the time of the Annunciation to her own Assumption, Mary’s life was a challenge. We need to remember the time in which all of this happened; the role of a woman was certainly mapped out and defined.
Am I a person who can walk through fire and still come out carrying buckets of water for others? To do this one certainly needs to be grounded in their prayer life. You would have to be flexible enough to adapt to the situation. Perhaps even say you were wrong, pick up those buckets, and continue your journey. Recently I found myself in a challenging situation and was led to prayer realizing that it was the only solution that could help me continue to carry and deliver those buckets.
When you read the quote “be the woman who walks through Fire and still comes out carrying buckets of water for others”, what feelings arise in you? Have you been through a fire recently? If so, can you name it and claim it? Can you continue your journey? Can you keep and attitude of gratitude as you feel the sting of the flames during your trek through life? Coming out on the other side is rewarding and yet all things double when shared with another. There is joy in being able to share. (Mary went to visit Elizabeth, didn’t she?)
So, can you be the Man, Woman, Child, Sibling, Husband, Mother, Friend who walks through fire and comes out carrying buckets of water for others? Take some time this week and ask the spirit to help you identify those pieces necessary for you to continue your journey, no matter the situations.
Till next week,