Do you sometimes feel invisible? Have you stood in the hallway of church, work or a social event and felt your heart harden as women walk right past? Have you seen a friend and suddenly you feel like you’re both strangers? Have you ever felt like if it weren’t you reaching out, you’d never be invited to anything? Have you wondered why you’re like teflon for friendships?
I have thought and felt all these things. And I’ve felt and thought them all in the last month. Does that surprise you? Did you think it was only you?
But recently God has spoken to my heart about this. There have been women in my path who have been going through terrible hurts and devastation. But I didn’t know. Why? Because I was so busy waiting to BE NOTICED that I wasn’t NOTICING the hearts of the women around me.
I was feeling the cold of hearts turned away from me but what had I done to open my heart toward them?
Jesus warns us in Matthew 7 that we are more apt to look at the speck of sawdust in our sister’s eye than pay attention to the plank in our own eye. A speck of sawdust is a fraction of a plank. So what we are seeing in others is a small fraction of what we are putting out into the world around us.
If you’re struggling with feeling received and loved, take a moment to ask God to help you get over yourself. And ask God to guide you toward women who need what YOU can give. Pray for the women in front of you and God will reveal how your hearts are connected in ways you can’t imagine. Let’s not waste the divine appointments God has lined up because we somehow feel lost, wounded, or unnoticed. Your Heavenly Father sees you just as he sees the women he has placed beside you.
So be the first to look up. Be the first to smile. Be the first to step out. Be the first to break down the wooden wall of how we each struggle to belong. And what you give you will receive.
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