Maybe it’s a little too much information but I often get some of my deepest most profound revelations from the Lord when I am in the shower. I have met others that experience the same thing…I guess it’s better than getting them while I’m sitting on the toilet right…hahahaha. Ok now maybe that was a little too much information. Oh well…sorry.
Ok anyways, back to the revelation. I had hopped in the shower for the second time in about an hour. I took a shower before my workout because I had to run afterwards, but then ended up needing to take another after my workout. Watch the video below to see why I needed a shower and I will then share the revelation.
Alright Lu so what does a stupid tire flip and a really heavy clean have to do with anything? I’m in the shower scrubbing off all the dirt and the rubber stains and I realize how fun that was. Yes, getting a little dirty, wrestling with a tire for about 15 minutes trying to flip the thing, ending up with bruises and a little tire rash was fun!!!! It’s been many many years since I enjoyed being strong.
I have spent my whole life as an athlete. I have always been strong, I have a bootie, legs and shoulders…as I have mentioned before. They benefit me none is singing beautifully or learning to play the guitar. They do not create grace and beauty as I attempt to dance elegantly. What they are good for though is running fast, jumping high, picking up heavy things and training at high intensities. To tell you quite honestly I hated it, I hated being strong. I would seriously out loud say I wish I wasn’t strong, I wish I had arms that looked like shovel handles and a flat butt that pants slid off of…SERIOUSLY I did, don’t laugh. It was true.
So back to the revelation, I got out of the shower and I was putting on my clothes for the day and doing my makeup. I had a super cute outfit for that day, good hair, some bronzer on my cheeks, and some mascara. I just stopped and smiled and just realized that I had overcome something so incredible. I never questioned by beauty or femininity as I flipped the tire, I wasn’t a beast as I was flipping the tire. I was a beautiful woman who was made to be strong, the Lord has given me a platform as a trainer. It’s who I was created to be.
So for the first time in a very long time my worlds and heart were not divided, I was not the strong girl for one moment and then once the cute outfit, hair and makeup on I was beautifully feminine. I was just beautiful throughout. There was no dichotomy in my head or my heart. Oh man what a revelation. If I walk in only certain parts of who God has made me to be, it’s like the parable of the talents in Matthew 25.
The Parable of the Bags of Gold
14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag,[a] each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
I do not want to be the foolish servant. I want to walk fully in who God has created me to be. So basically the beautifully feminine athlete inside of me has once again been awakened, but with her comes no shame only a desire to be faithful to what the Lord has given me.
So I ask you this, is there somewhere in your life that you have buried your talents? A place where you have hidden who God has made you to be. I say, talents inside of you rise, I say talents inside of you awaken, I say talents you no longer can stay dormant, you must wake up because Jesus needs us to walk in the truth of who He has created me to be!!!!