I genuinely don’t know where to start with talking about the woman. If you took me, added a extra dash of dorkiness, took away netball and left me in the sun for rest of my life – you’d get Wilma. She has been a great asset to my life the last 4-5 years that I have known her; she has encouraged me, held my broken pieces when I was too ashamed to share them with anyone else, told me countless times that I am a dweeb, laughed and dreamed with me and called me up when I am in the wrong. She is a inspiration to me when it comes to writing (check out her awesome blog here) and one of the unfortunate souls who is stuck with me for life! Her honesty and teachability are amazing and I absolutely love the way that she wholeheartedly pursues knowing Jesus more intimately every day. I don’t know someone who so actively seeks to grow and improve themselves consistently like Wilma. She’s a gem and I love her to bits! Here is her perfectly written piece on being 18!
The tick tock march of the times always sojourns forever forward. Quite like the beat of your own heart; always a steady beat, beat continuously itching forward to what? What is the desired end my beloved 18 year old self, that time and heart strings reach forward to?
The truth; it gently cups your face, looks tenderly into your face and says you are going to be okay.
With each change life brings, with each day your heart beats into the future, in every moment you are going to be okay.
I know the world seems bleak, there is so much confusion and deep emotional swirls but be still; you are held in God’s hands.
Especially when you feel like letting the grip go and fall into silent, painless oblivion. The One who died to give you life abundantly is holding you with nail scarred hands. He has stared into the black abyss of death and conquered it, beloved seal this into your bones; He went through hell so that you wouldn’t have to.
So with each change life brings and there will be many.
With each day your heart beats into the future, for you will live and have life abundantly.
In every moment no matter how painful; you are going to be okay.
Beloved take a walk with me, you keep asking why I keep calling you beloved.
You scurry away from that word like a cockroach exposed to light.
It’s time to stop living in the darkness of the lies you are cowering under. You were not created to have clandestine meetings with Luke-warm and drink stolen waters. You were re-created to live in the light and to bask in the love that God lavishes on you.
You don’t know God very well at this time but don’t worry He knows you.
One day you will be able to see the tenderness He gazes at you with as you stagger slowly towards Him.
One day you will know the tone of His voice, the gentle, quiet voice that draws you closer and deeper into Love.
One day you will catch a glimpse of how much you are loved and be forever changed.
You don’t know yourself yet, but you will.
Who are you?
Why, you are the Beloved. You are chosen and set apart for God. For Good works.
No matter the accolade, no matter the adoration from parents, no matter the embrace of a lover.
They are all mere dung compared to the knowledge and the revelation that you are the Beloved of God. Chosen by and for Him alone.
If I could go back to my 18 year old self, this is what I would tell her.
The tick tock march of time always sojourns forward, we can’t bend it but we can reflect and allow another, you precious reader, to glimpse behind and see.
That God is with us in every moment, He is faithful beloved so take His hand and walk this life together.
From your 22 year old self.