Fact is - All the plans in the world never tells us what tomorrow holds until the sunrise. Until we walk through the moments one drop at a time. When I was booked to speak at the Set Apart conference at the University of Northwestern - St. Paul last year -I didn't have a clue what to expect. After spending days among over 1,400 women attending the celebration of the 35th year of the conference - I do. Many of the attendees were returning for the second, forth, seventh time. Mothers, daughters, friends, and neighbors. Most of them knew all about Susie Larson, Ann Voskamp, or Jo Saxton. The percentage of women who knew about me - 0% -.
So they knew about as much about me as I knew about them. But then we had this great Divine appointment and were able to hang out together for days, share stories, laughter and a few tears. God bless us everyone. We had a great time.
I know for certain they have a sense of humor because they tolerated me and my stories for days. And, laughed along with me as I 'told it true' about my messy life and how I once had a dream where I had literally lost my head. If they showed up thinking they were a little on the odd or imperfect they left those sessions knowing there was someone that held that official title. They could go home knowing they were one of the most sane, solid folks they'd ever known.
I had the great pleasure of speaking to so many of these women one-on-one at the book table. I met 2 young ladies traveling from Oregon, a woman who had traveled all the way in from Seattle and plenty who had flown or driven from the midwest to invest a little time coming away, spending just a little time hanging out with God set apart from the mania that is our lives these days. We could all use a little more of that.
To the women who tolerated me with a good heart -
I pray each of you arrived safely home and after that family greeting (the one where everyone tells you what went wrong, who did what, and what wasn't done while you were away) that you had a moment alone, to remember and unpack that thing that you discovered, your take-away, that was just what you needed. Hold onto it tightly as the days become weeks, months and the year ahead.
You guys are awesome. IN my book - you totally rock! Keep the faith and just remember - when the world looks like it's tearing apart lean together with all your might. Because we have each other, really, everything's gonna be alright.