As I reflect back on the people who touched my life with their Brave, I cannot help but think of my mother. At the age of 3 years old mom took me and a few of our belongings on the train from Colorado to California. She married my birth father and he ended up being an abusive man, a selfish man who left her wounded. His father did the same to my grandmother and his family.
Mom says, “I had no choice he would have killed us and I needed to take you out of there.” I say, mom had a choice. The day came when she decided to throw her Brave Cape on and take the necessary steps that would lead her to her destiny. In order for her to grow and experience her dreams she would need to leave the past and move into her future.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13
This was a year of hope and change, a year of a new beginning for mom and me.
I know God was guiding my mom in 1963 when she purchased those 2 train tickets and packed our bags. I can’t help but think God used the changes happening around the world in the lives of women to encourage her in her bravery and to move into the better things He had planned for her and for me. I say this because 1963 was the year it was noted for women taking off their aprons and speaking more forcefully about their yearnings for a new identity and leadership roles outside the kitchen and the home. Women were being heard. It was Martin Luther King’s year of the infamous “I Had a Dream”. Brave Capes were being thrown on all over the world and steps were being taken toward change.
I am thankful mom threw on her Brave Cape and trusted God. At the time she did not know what was awaiting our arrival in California other than her two sisters and their children. But in God’s goodness and protection there was support and the things she would need to be successful in her new life. He had her back.
Throughout God’s Word we hear of brave women who made a difference in the lives of others. These women made change possible through their faith and trust in God. Brave women like Deborah, Rahab, and Ruth to name a few. I’m sure most have heard, “If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.” I believe this to be true. But most times you will find you will need to take that step of faith and put your Brave Cape on as you move through it. You will need to believe for more.
So I ask, can you hear it, the small still voice calling for you?
It resides in us. It’s powerful. It changes us.
And, He wants more.
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Theres nothing in the world I wouldn’t have done for you, or wouldn’t do now. because i love you very much. I still have our train tickets, guess what? Their in the cedar chest. If i had to do it again, I,d do it all over. We didn’t do it alone, God was with us, each step of the way. I always called them our train tickets to freedom. Love mom.
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