My normal cooking strategy is to bang pots and pans around in the kitchen until my actual-good-cook husband enters the space and says, “I’ll do the main meal. You just cut the strawberries.”
“Oh, that’d be awesome. Thanks.”,(I’d like to cook – if it wasn’t so boring.)
So I was not at all surprised when, with a living room full of lovely guests, I pulled my homemade strawberry rhubarb pie out of the oven to see it looking…well…sad. It’s like the kitchen knew my husband wasn’t home and in protest to this amateur trying to run the show, spit out a runny pie with an unevenly cooked crust.
I thought: I can’t serve this mess!
So I secretly threw the pie away and pulled out some pre-made cookies.
I was all: “Help me! Someone who knows how to cook – salvage this pie!” (Determination is my strong suit.)
“Why?” (I assumed she was on a health kick, so her explanation surprised me.)
And there it was – my Sacred Gesture for the day. See, I think our Creator daily extends each one of us a Sacred Gesture. This just-for-us, unique gesture reminds us of both His presence and His gifts to us.
A friend with the courage to be vulnerable was that gift to me today.
Because vulnerability makes us feel SANE. When the wonderful women we know share real life and pain and struggles, it releases the grip of the illusion of perfectionism. It reminds us people have depth and want to share their heart and hear what’s really on ours. Vulnerability reminds us even in our times of not being okay, we’re all still “normal.” And if we’re not normal, then we’re all a little cray-cray together, so the company is rich.
My Sacred Gesture reminded me of the beauty and power of authentic friendships.
But what about you?
Did a moment today remind of the sweet things God gives us? A hug, noticing the rainbow in the bubbles as you scrub dishes, the smell of lilacs outside, a text that made you smile…
Did you notice your unique Sacred Gesture today?
If not, pay attention. It’ll come. It might even stem from a failed strawberry rhubarb pie.
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Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, high school teacher, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration and encouragement for moms raising tweens and/or teens. Read more in the “about” section of this page.