Guest Post by my friend, Stacey Thacker
I walked the back halls at church doing my best to be invisible. Something about the last few weeks has turned this typically outgoing, extraverted girl into one who would rather run and hide. So, like the Samaritan woman who waited until the middle of the scorching hot day to draw life-giving water, I slipped in and out of my community because I didn’t want to be noticed. Sometimes it’s easy to hide in the middle of your life. Other times, it’s not.
I wasn’t successful in the dodging this time. Several friends came to hug me and inquire about how we were recovering from our brush with death and glory. As they wrapped arms around me I wrapped words together in response.
“We are doing fine. God is good.” Words came out of my mouth that my own heart wasn’t buying. Maybe they didn’t buy it either.
This statement was simply the easiest way for me to keep moving in the direction of the hiding. I figured, probably errantly, that most people were tired of this fresh-out-of-amazing girl. Surely they would rather I draw back the veil called fine so they could just keep walking.
I truly believe that when we are fresh out of amazing, we deeply need the community we may be running from. We need each other when:
- the busyness of life overwhelms and draws us weary.
- every other woman around us is doing truly amazing things and we can’t seem to do the laundry.
- we feel like our dreams have died and we are broken and waiting.
- lies have us locked in a pattern of fear.
- our song is swallowed up by grief.
Being fresh out of amazing should have been my clue to run to Jesus and his people. Instead, I was building walls and pretending to be okay. What I really wanted was someone to tell me I was going to be okay. Those two things are not equal.
Maybe you understand. Perhaps for days and weeks you have been fresh out of amazing, too. Your outward fine is not matching what is on the inside. You’d be grateful to sit with a friend who doesn’t expect you to have answers. Chances are, she might not have any answers either. Her presence though could be exactly what you need.
It is hard to say, “I’m not fine. I am fresh out of amazing and I might be for a while.” The truth is, some people might just walk on by. But others will bring you a latte. They will offer to watch your kids and they will text you to tell you they are praying for you. And right there, as this tangible provision meets your deep soul need, you will have your own brush of glory. Right in between fine and fresh out of amazing.
Jesus will be near.
And he is never out of amazing.
Stacey Thacker is a wife and the mother of four girls. She is a Bible teacher with a passion to connect with women and encourage them in their walks with God. Her newest book, Fresh Out of Amazing: Opening Your Heart to God’s Unexpected Invitation, is available wherever books are sold. You can find her blogging at staceythacker.com and hanging out on Instagram and Twitter @staceythacker usually with a cup of coffee in her hand.
About Fresh Out of Amazing: Do you feel like you need to be amazing but you are fresh out? Are you overwhelmed, exhausted, feeling the expectations of everyone around you? Do you feel responsible for everything? In this book Stacey will show you that being fresh out of amazing isn’t a problem to be solved or a time to quit. It is actually an unexpected invitation to see God big in our lives. As it turns out, God doesn’t need us to be amazing. He already has that covered.
Thankful to Harvest House in partnership with today’s guest post.