I always related to the ugly duckling as a child, and honestly, still as an adult.
Not because I think I am exceptionally ugly (surface beauty is in the eye of the beholder…) but because I have always felt on the outside looking in. A misfit. A round peg trying to fit in square holes.
I have felt that way at times in my relationships, my jobs, in ministry & at church.
And then in an email that arrived last night, I realized why I didn’t fit with the rest of the lovely ducks in the pond around me.
I’m a songbird. 🙂
Laughter aside, I was trying to make myself fit into a mold I was never designed to fit.
I am both a trailblazer and a companion in my giftings. A mentor, leader & supporter all rolled into one.
I tend to flock with the other birds also seeking their right fit.
And that is okay with God.
Coz its how He designed me.
With that email yesterday?
I realized that I have four fellow chicks I am meant to flock with. To support when one moves into the lead, to be alongside to help break the winds and offer relief when needed. To all jointly pull in one direction, yet as individuals each doing our part.
That I am not alone.
Just as the foremost goose in the front of the flock rotates when their wings get tired, I am meant to be part of a team, not on my own.
And like the other geese, we all have separate backgrounds & nests which make us uniquely qualified to separately share, becoming amplified when we join as the Bride to share His Words & Love to the beloved who don’t yet know the depths of His heart.
He makes us somehow even more when we are together than our sole efforts on our own.
We live in five different areas over a few time zones. Some have older kids, some younger. A few have obvious scars, others are more hidden.
We all have an intentional pursuit of His Presence, insatiable desire for His Word and longing to hear His voice over all.
Like geese, we know we need God to be the strength allowing us to fly despite the headwinds against us. We know we were meant to be united in fellowship, tight flock formation despite our differences.
We may not always be completely understood in our home ponds, but as birds of a feather united together for His Kingdom, we are being blessed.
My desire is for God to help each of us find our main voice as daughters of the King, writing for His Kingdom and His glory.
When God unites our hearts, we can’t wait to flock together. 🙂
PS. I am blessed to have both local flocks of chicks, and a international flock. This post specifically refers to my fellow writing chicks: Beth, Brandi, Kate, Jaime.
May we become the Song He longs for us to sing in harmony for His glory.
PPS. My “local” flock of chicks know how much I value & appreciate their love through the swells, valleys & storms. I regularly try to let them know how much I treasure them, more than words, and flock together whenever we can. You know who you are, sisters! xo