There is this beautiful chapel up on the hill here. You can see it from just about anywhere in Mijas and it’s a relatively easy mountain to hike. I’ve gone up there in the middle of the day, in the morning as the sun is cresting the back of the mountains and at night when I have to use my flashlight app to not trip over the rocks. There is something beautiful about this little mysterious church. It is only open once a year on Good Friday and the rest of the days it stays locked up tight just a beacon looking down over Mijas.
Over the last three months I have looked at the chapel daily as I walk into the Epi for class. It’s become a picture of something that I’m not sure I want to believe.
I’ve written a lot about voice over the past weeks. My voice, helping other’s find a voice and hearing God’s voice.
Recently I talked about choosing to believe that I have something to say, choosing to believe that I am strong, choosing to believe in who I am and what I bring to the table. That’s been a lot of believing in myself.
The last couple of weeks I’ve had to step into a new belief. One that is so hard for me, one that I might fight against still. Let me quote myself:
“I honestly believed before this week that I am not seen, not in a bad negative way, but in the way that my presence does not cause ripples on a group, just individuals. I believed that I didn’t need to be noticed. I just didn’t realize that I am supposed to be noticed.”
Oof. Since I made that statement I’ve been being noticed. In ways that I’m not sure I’m comfortable with completely. It’s something I struggle with daily.
The idea of being noticed.
The other day I was walking with Tiffany and the conversation of voice came up and I immediately cringed and stated that I don’t like being the one who is seen. The one with the voice. I want it to be others; I see it in others, I want them to step up and be loud. And she essentially responded with “Tough cookies”.
I almost felt defeated. Like there was this thing that I didn’t want to have in my hands but it was glued there.
It’s a beautiful gift that I always don’t feel strong enough to take on .
I’ve prepared, in my most of my life, to be a behind the scenes person. I like it. I’m good at it. But good heavens I’m meant for more.
I KNOW I’m meant for more.
So everyday I look at the chapel on the hill and feel peace. And every time someone talks to me about voice I have a picture of that little chapel. And I’m standing on the hill and shouting down to the people in the streets of Mijas.
And they’re listening, not just hearing.
I think I’m ready to be heard. Ready to open my mouth. Ready to live my life that way, but something in me always holds me back.
My open and honest moment of the day: I’m scared to be a voice. To be heard. To not control the attention put on me.
That’s where I am today.
That’s the place I’m in as I step into this next term of G42.
A little bit scared. (Maybe a lot a bit scared.)
To own this new part of myself.
Scratch that, to own this part of myself that already was.
I speak through my fear, through my moments of being afraid. That’s the part though, that gives me peace in the midst of being afraid.
I know I will always speak.
I might stand shaking on the mountain;
But I will always speak.
cover photo taken by the always lovely Whitney Gorbett