“She is a tree of life . . . and happy is every one that retaineth her.” -Proverbs 3:18
Nearly six years ago, my former-roommate and dear friend, Amber, took a photo of me and my newborn second-born daughter. I took a slice of that photo to create my blog’s title header, in fact. Here’s the original:
I really liked this photo then, but I adore and treasure it now with even more depth and reverence. I love the lighting and how the leaves in the grass seemed to sparkle. But, most of all, I love that beautiful, ancient lady in the background. When I see that strong, old tree behind us, I see my foremothers, my spirit sisters, and my Divine Mother. I see all those strong life-giving women supporting me, teaching me, apprenticing me in my own life-giving path, looking-on with wiser eyes and immense love. So much beauty and symbolism in this photograph. So much of God’s perfect design and immaculate timing. And, on top of all of that, trees are just plain beautiful to look at anyway!
I don’t have much to say with this post except to say that you, too, have wise and powerful women “at your back.” You are never alone. Listen for their whispers. Look carefully, and you just might start to see their “leaves” sparkling all around you, evidence of their constant presence and love.