Ladies, how often do you change your purse? Well, I hate to admit it, but I don't change mine that often. I have a trusty few that can go with any outfit that I wear and a few others that I can put into rotation that are fun and trendy.
When I do change my purse I sometimes leave behind a few items that I don't need to carry over to the new one. You know... stuff like receipts, trinkets, candy, kid's toys, church programs and other worn out things that need not make an appearance in the new purse. So, the other day I decided to clean out all my purses, including the one that I'm currently toting.
Some may think what they run across in a purse is just junk (and sometimes it is) but, when you look a little deeper you'll be able to see the depth of a woman - who she is and what she cares about. Just like her, on the outside of a purse you may see flash, fringe and fashion, but on the inside you may find things that represent joy, pain and purpose.
A simple receipt may look like a list of grocery items purchased, but upon further investigation, the items on the list may have been purchased to care for someone else in their time of need. A bag of treats or snacks may be in tote as a planned surprise for a school-age child or to calm a fussy toddler on a long drive. A pack of tissues may have landed amongst the content to dry her eyes as she perseveres through some of the toughest challenges in her life or to nurse a cold she received from graciously loving on others in her family circle.
The handwritten notes that might have found their way to the bottom of her purse may be from her writing messages that the Lord deposited in her spirit that will later be shared with the world in the form of a book. Or they may be things she needs to remember to do for others she thoughtfully cares for. The various types of make-up products may be used to help her put on the face the world expects her to present everyday or to hide the dark circles under her eyes from multiple sleepless nights. And just like the heart of a woman, other content in her purse may be stuff she's carrying around for other people because they no longer wanted to carry it or they assumed she had space for it.
As I started putting away the purses, that now laid spread out before me; I noticed some of them were tattered and torn around the straps and some had gaping holes in the bottom of the lining. I realized this must have been caused from the weight of all the things I was carrying around during that season. I began to thank God for carrying me through these seasons in my life and filling the gaping holes that stood to tear me down. Just as those purses had carried around the weight of the contents inside of them, I was grateful to my Savior for carrying the weight that I had inside of me. I began to replace the items back into my current purse of the season and wondered about the journey it would go on with me and I prayed that it had the strength to go the distance!