Thanks 30 by Marshata Caradine-Randall
I would like to close out this month of Thanksgiving paying homage to an Elizabeth.
This person reminded me of a video I happened across and in it the young lady was speaking on the difference between an umbrella and a funnel.
She said, an umbrella shields us from the rain, a funnel catches the rain.
In the video, the young lady asked the audience to raise their hands and position it like a funnel and CATCH THE RAIN, ALLOW THE RAIN TO DRENCH YOU, THAT’S OUR BLESSINGS SHOWERING UPON US.
There is a slogan when it rains, it pours, I am looking at the RAIN I received through my funnel vision and I choosing to dance.
I had the opportunity to sit with my FAVE high school teacher for this past week which was also my MATH teacher.
Anyone knows about mathematicians, they are calculating, timely, good with numbers and they are methodical.
Well, this lady made me believe that I COULD REALLY DO MATH IN SCHOOL and I guess now because TIME with her was CALCULATED, WELL SPENT and TIMELY.
Before I was approached to sit with her, this entire month I was going from a car (sleeping), to McDonald’s (security), to my sister’s house.
Only a few knew it but I am just sharing with you what GOD will do even when the RAIN IS POURING DOWN SO PREFUSELY that you find yourself drowning, ya think.
I sat with her this week and as I sat with this woman of greatness who is in the beginning stages of dementia, SHE MINISTERED TO MY BROKEN SPACES, SHE MINISTERED TO MY HURT, SHE MINISTERED TO WHAT I NEVER REVEALED, SHE MINISTERED TO ME IN SUCH A TIMELY FASHION and it was hard to believe that she was suffering from this sorry DIS-ease.
I left away with reevaluating what I found myself being ACCOUNTABLE to and for.
My calling and purpose is to EDUCATE those who are broken, abused, and hurting because I KNOW FIRST HAND of those things but I was taught my ultimate calling was to be a WIFE and MOM that’s a REAL REVOLUTIONARY ACT.
In this 1 week, my eyes have been opened but the BEST thing I got from this week, honestly?
1. I got a chance to spend time with a lady I never had time to spend time with
2. I was once again able to sit under her tutelage
3. I understood CLEARLY the importance of the village concept we as African Americans have gotten away from
4. I listened to her say the same things over and over and over but yet just marveled at the fact that I was able to “rephrase” the SAME answers
5. I was able to give her children PEACE that she would be cared for with EVERYTHING I had
6. I allowed her to speak candidly, be herself
7. Lastly, I GOT A CHANCE TO SAY I LOVE YOU, I AM HERE BECAUSE OF YOUR INVESTMENTS AND TIME and THANK YOU!
As I close out this month of giving thanks, I AM ALSO GRATEFUL, THANKFUL AND HAPPY that you all traveled this journey with me and held my mind in tact and didn’t even know I was on the verge of calling it ALL quits, life that is and then I began to reflect on THANKFULNESS!
I sign off with an excerpt from Showing Mary by Renata Weeks
“Above all, Elizabeth is a friend, a prayer partner, a soul mate, far enough along in her own journey that she knows about changing, transforming, growing, maturing, and shedding old layers of the self.
If she doesn’t have any experiences with being pregnant, spiritually pregnant, pregnant with new parts of herself, then think again about pouring your heart out to her.
You need a cojourneyor, not a spectator, and when you find Elizabeth, bring something to the relationship other than just your need for what she has to offer you.
Befriend Elizabeth woman to woman.
That’s, have something to offer.compliment her wisdom with your enthusiasm.
Balance her willingness to share advice with your willingness to teach her new skills.
Mary came as much to support Elizabeth in her own pregnancy as to pull wisdom from her.
GO FIND ELIZABETH.”
THIS MARY DID!
WHEREVER ELIZABETH IS, SHE IS NOT FAR FROM WHERE I AM RIGHT THIS MOMENT.
SHOW HER TO ME, SHOW ME TO HER.
SHOW US TO EACH OTHER.
I THANK YOU FOR THE LOYALTY AND THE LOVE OF THE ELIZABETHS I ALREADY HAVE IN MY LIFE.
DEPEN THOSE BINDS SO WE MIGHT CONTINUE TO GROW TOGETHER.
BUT FOR THE SECRET PARTS OF ME THAT ARE ON THE VERGE OF BEING BORN, SEND NEW ELIZABETH’S TO HELP MIDWIFE THEM AND SHOW ME HOW TO DO THE SAME FOR THEM, GOD, I AM READY!
I HAD 70 ELIZABETH’S I CHOSE daily.
Some at random times receive words on certain days and some got 1-30, you’re the ones I’m blessed to be richly lathered IN our bond.
So let’s go MIDWIVES! #MeToo