Today on my way to a client, I listened to a podcast by Krista Tippett, who was talking with Brene Brown about having a “strong back, soft front, and wild heart”. They talked about the courage it takes to stand alone for something you believe strongly in, even if it’s within your people or “tribe”. Only a couple of hours later, on my lunch break, I started reading the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain, and she started off by describing the story of Rosa Parks. And I thought of the terror and loneliness, but intense bravery it took for Rosa to utter that one powerful word, “No”. Rosa was quiet and soft-spoken, but she stood up against something that she knew to be wrong, even though her people had put up with this awful behaviour for so long. I think this was hard for her in many ways, and I’m pretty sure her own people might have asked her why she couldn’t “just leave it alone” and why did she have to “stir the pot”.
Coincidence? I don’t think so. I think this was a message for me today and maybe for you too. Sometimes the hardest thing we will ever do is follow through on a strong conviction that comes from so deeply within us, we can’t explain it – I call it the voice of the Holy Spirit; you may call it something else. And sometimes the people who will protest it the most will be the ones we hold the most dear. They don’t need to understand it; you don’t need to explain it. Scared? Feel the fear, and then do it anyway. You just walk that path and know, that between you and the Creator, it is well.