Everywoman’s 20th Anniversary has given me pause to stop and reflect upon my own 30+ years journey with Jesus, and I have to concede, for someone who likes to strategise a fast 5 step plan to reach her desired destination, I seem to have chosen a rather scenic route, stopped off for a number of unscheduled pits stops and completely missed a few destiny stops along the way!
Through grief stricken prayer I cried out to Jesus, ‘where were you when I needed you the most?’ He heard me, and he showed me. In that moment I relived the attack but this time I saw Jesus standing there. He didn't close His eyes, He didn’t turn away, it wasn't too ugly for Him to see, He was in the alleyway weeping for His daughter. Then there, in the very same spot where so much pain had been caused, I knelt down and finally let myself mourn. I laid down the bouquet of white tulips, as if standing at a grave and then walked away.
Every Spring, when it comes time to gather as Everywoman again, I can’t help but be filled with so much joy as I watch the forecourt of Oxford Falls filling up with women of every generation. I love seeing those that are gathering with their Mum’s, Nan’s, Daughters and Granddaughters as we venture together on a beautiful weekend once more. It’s a precious time to hit ‘pause’ on our overflowing schedules and get away together.