Emily Freeman will forever hold a special place in my heart because of one sentence she said to me, “When we landed, I just thought, ‘I can’t imagine what Kat must be feeling.'”
It may not sound impressive to you, but let me explain.
She got it.
It was one of the most significant moments of my life and I was experiencing it without my husband, my family or anyone I’d known for more than 22 hours.
It’s like getting married with only strangers in attendance. Or having your first baby all by yourself.
I went on the Compassion Bloggers trip to the Philippines with people I’d never met, to the country of the mother I’d never met, to meet family I’d never met.
I mean, I had to force back tears just going through customs.
Here I was, surrounded by sights and sounds I’d dreamed of all my life. I was so concerned about experiencing all of this by myself. We were doing important work with Compassion. There was plenty to occupy everyone’s minds. Who had the time to think about anything else?
As we walked off the jetway into the Manila airport, Emily caught up to me and said, “As we landed, I couldn’t help but wonder what you must be thinking…”
She’d just left her family and flown across the world. She’d only met me a few hours before. Yet she spoke words that meant the world to me.
She got it.
The next night when my family came to the hotel to meet me for the first time, I turned around after hugging all 18 of them, and I saw her ugly crying right along with me. (although her “ugly” cry is quite beautiful.)
She got it.
And she filled an entire book with her beautiful words of comfort, encouragement and wisdom.
“Emily Freeman is one of those rare writers: profoundly biblical, lyrical, transparent–memorable. Her emancipating words on these pages offer the needed keys to all the good girls longing to take wing–and soar home to God’s heart.”
–Ann Voskamp, New York Times bestselling author of One Thousand Gifts
I didn’t think I was a “good girl” – I mean I’m a good girl, but I don’t think I tend to go to any particular lengths to please people. But as I read Emily’s book, I realized that while I might not try to please people, I do try to not need them.
I’ve been so inspired by her words to allow myself to need people. To need God. I want to live life so large that I can’t do it without His help.
“Good girls” have it all together and don’t need anyone. Needing and helping intertwines us, it makes life rich. So…I’m done with being a good girl.