Streams in the Desert
Do you ever feel weary? Like, to the bone, deep in your core, depleted spiritual exhaustion? I do. I have been feeling that way lately, especially when it comes to feminism. It seems that no matter how many times I gently (or sometimes not so gently) call out the every day sexism I see, no matter how reasonable my reasoning is, it doesn’t make a difference.
A few years ago my mother got me a beautiful book called Streams in the Desert. It’s a collection of daily thoughts and scriptures compiled by a woman named Mrs. Cowan who, along with her husband worked as a missionary in Asia, and was first published in 1925. Every day has a scripture, a thought from Mrs. Cowan, and often a poem. I often turn to this book when I’m feeling weary.
Last night I was reading and came across this passage:
“Life is a steep climb, and it does us good to have somebody ‘call back’ and cheerily beckon us on up the high hill. We are all climbers together and we must help each other. This mountain climbing is serious business, but glorious. It takes strength and steady step to find the summits. The outlook widens with the altitude. If any of us has found anything worth while, we ought to ‘call back’.”
This was a really good reminder to me and got me thinking. Helping others is part of why we are here. Part of that is encouraging and uplifting, and sharing with others the good that we find in the world. One of the good things that I have found is feminism. Sure, there are things that are not ok – the power differential between men and women causes all kinds of inequality. But feminism is a lens through which we can identify it and then try to fix it. That is a very empowering feeling. Feminism has given me a language to talk about things that are wrong in the world. Naming the problems that face us makes them seem more manageable, and allow us to make progress and keep moving forward toward fixing them.
What are some of the worth while things you want to ‘call back’ about?