I’ve know Heather for a year or two, and in that short time, her life has been turned upside down and inside out. Her undeniable faith and perseverance through it all has been an inspiration to everyone who knows her. I am honoured to share her story with you today on Welcome To The Zoo.
I had a few moments to myself and decided to check Facebook. An unexpected picture of me in my 20s flashed across my news feed.
I’ve been thinking about that 20 something year old me for a week now. Talk about a Throwback Thursday!
Then something happened to me the following week, like one of those moments in time where you feel like time slowed down just for you to experience something wonderful, like a first kiss or the scent of a flower freshly in bloom. Queue the movie music and slow motion movie camera. Pan back to reveal the scene set before us. Begin pensive dialogue now.
I wish I was able to take a picture of this but thankful it was burned into my memory.
It was a beautiful, sunny hot May afternoon. I had my wee baby in my pouch sling and I was walking across the parking lot from my van and into the store. I caught my reflection as I was walking towards myself in the store windows and almost didn’t recognize that it was me.
When I saw the reflection I saw a sophisticated woman who was confident in her parenting and in her life. She was beautiful, full of strength, and she had purpose in her steps.
For a moment I envied her and wanted to be like her until I saw that she WAS me!
It made my heart skip a beat and put a spring in my step. That reflection did not look like a person who had been through the fiery furnace, who had everyone and everything she had ever believed in be evaluated. She didn’t look like a single mother of four young children. She didn’t look like someone who was carried through the valley of darkness for a year.
She looked like she was walking into her Promised Land!
I passed by some young 20-something year olds when entering the store and I believe that the young 20-something year old me would approve of the woman in the reflection, the one that I am today.
That reflection was a gift :-).
Who do you see when you catch your reflection? Do you like what you see?
What would your younger self say about you today?
Heather Speers is a Bible College grad with a BRE with a BA in progress, who lives in Ontario, Canada and enjoys spending time with her 4 children at the splash pad or exploring the CN Tower. When the kids are asleep, you might just find her sneaking in some Jimmy Fallon or Ellen, with a hot cup of Chai tea in one hand, and her Rainbow Loom in the other. Her hope is that her faithwalk will encourage you on your own journey.