Last weekend I was with 7 Sisters at the Great Homeschool Conventions Northeast event in Hartford, CT. We had a vendor booth there, and met the most wonderful folks. What a blessing to get to sit and talk with homeschool families who are using our curriculum, learning about their challenges, struggles, and successes, and being able to pray with them. I LOVE my “career” as a BIG SISTER to other homeschoolers; can you tell?
With all six of us on site, we took turns working in the booth and going elsewhere at the convention, to workshops, to other vendors, etc. I was roaming at one point and felt the Lord tugging on me to get off to the side in some quiet and pray. I pulled up a chair outside the food court and got as quiet as I could (it was an exhibit hall; the word “quiet” has to be defined in that perspective!).
Immediately my mind went to Col. 3 because I’ve been working with it daily this month. So I sort of “ran through” the passage mentally for a moment. I got to verse 12 and pulled up short —
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved…”
God said, “That’s the essence. For right now, grab onto that tightly, Sabrina. You are not a homeschool curriculum vendor. You are not a homeschool mom. These are jobs, but they are not your identity. Who are you?”
I said, “I am Your chosen woman, holy and dearly loved.”
God said, “You forget that way too quickly. Meditate on that for a bit. How does that change your actions, your attitudes, your fears, your relationships?”
So I sat with it and meditated on who He says I am. And then I started to get excited for my sisters back in the vendor booth. So I began thanking God for them, for who they are even when they are not working shoulder to shoulder with me in 7 Sisters.
“Thank You, God, for Allison. She is Your chosen woman, holy and dearly loved. Thank You for Marilyn; she is Your chosen woman, holy and dearly loved….”
As I finished the list of my dear friends and business partners, God ramped it up a notch.
He said, “Look across the aisle. See the lady with the Art booth? She could use someone praying for her right now. You’ve never met her, but who do I say she is?”
I said, “Thank You, Lord, for her; she is Your chosen woman, holy and dearly loved. May she see herself as You see her. May she find her identity in Christ.”
God pressed on. “Pray for every person here. The unity you have in My name is so far beyond what you realize. You look at each other as strangers, but I have given you My name, and I want you to start recognizing each other as family. You can start by talking to Me about all of it; keep thanking me for what I have done in the lives of each person here who follows Me.”
Wow, what a paradigm shift! I strolled the vendor aisles passing family after family, vendor after vendor, thanking God for “that mom with the baby in the backpack; thank You that she is your chosen woman, holy and dearly loved. Thank You for saving her. Let her see who she is in Christ Jesus.” I thanked Him for “that vendor with the cool swords. Thank You for being his Lord and Savior. Thank You for choosing him to be Yours, for making him holy, for loving him dearly.”
What would happen to the witness of followers of Christ all over homeschooling if we began to pray this way for one another, to see each other as the redeemed of the Lord, celebrating His work in all of our lives, instead of focusing on labels, externals, and the things that show how different we are on the surface? Jesus prayed it for us when He was in the garden – “that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.” (Jn. 17:21)
What do you think?