We can’t usually look back and pinpoint a specific moment when we are impacted in such a way that defines our future. Certainly there are those moments in which we are powerfully impacted, deeply moved. And how does it happen, that we are not all, each one of us, able – or more accurately – willing?
I saw where there was a statue uncovered today in Washington to honor Rosa Parks. It’s a statue of her, sitting, as she did the day she refused to give her seat to a white person. A seat she had paid for.
I don’t understand.
It makes my head hurt. It makes my heart hurt.
I was born in the south and I lived there until I until I was 13. I’ve seen racism. In family, in community, and I have to say I didn’t understand it then, either.
When we moved to Los Angeles, a girl in my school asked me if I was prejudiced against Mexicans. I didn’t know what to say, because I had honestly never met anyone of Hispanic heritage – until then. Or Asian. Only African Americans and there was only one kid that I had known before. One.
And Mrs. Parks, sat there looking out the window . . . waiting for the sheriff to come. I don’t imagine she had planned to fight that morning she left for work.
But, she did
And today I’ve been thinking about her, about you, about me.
Are you a fighter?
There are the obvious big fights
But today, the stuff that keeps mulling over and over are those private fights that are big in our heads, in our spirits, our hearts
(note: very partial lists)
And you gotta know, I’m a fighter.
At times I’ve fought poorly and at other times I’ve fought hard, but this is the most important part ya’ll, I’m still fighting.
With a Cup and a Sword refers to my love of a good cup of coffee that I often have in my hand, and of my determination to fight
through the junk that tries to hold me back
to the most excellent plan GOD has for me.
‘Finally, be strong in the LORD and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the spiritual powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.’ Ephesians 6:10-18 ESV
Mrs. Parks continues to be such an inspiration to people; men and women, of all races, alike.
May her example
grace and determination
to you and to me