SPRING FORTH NOW
Dark am I, yet lovely, daughters of Jerusalem, dark like the tents of Kedar, like the tent curtains of Solomon. Do not stare at me because I am dark, because I am darkened by the sun. My mother’s sons were angry with me and made me take care of the vineyards; my own vineyard I had to neglect. Tell me, you whom I love, where you graze your flock and where you rest your sheep at midday. Why should I be like a veiled woman beside the flocks of your friends?
Song of Songs 1:5-7 (NIV)
The wonderful creation of you by God has to be established by you, God has done His part and gives you the power and authority to walk in it. You must assert the fact that you are fearfully and wonderfully made, that you are the crown of God’s glory and to do so is not just saying it but acting as it is so. We must reject the notion that we need to be affirmed by people, places, or things in order to be. Embrace and receive God’s affirmation for you and move in the abundance that is yours; living, moving, and being in God for who He has created you to be and Accumulate more of Him. The more you receive God's revelation, God’s light on you, His marvelous creation shines; revealing His presence, power, and promise manifested in and through you. The woman here in the Song of Songs self-asserts her beauty, her uniqueness and her nobility by affirming to herself and her space that Black am I and I am beautiful. By affirming her Blackness, she took the reins of her life and as James Brown said, she said it loud, I am Black and I am Proud. You have the power to self-assert your confidence, you have value and you bring what no one else does to the table, making you unique, if not, necessary for the advancement of not just you, but also your entire space. We, as Black people, have nothing to be ashamed of or feel the need to veil our authenticity by seeking to assimilate. We make the world right as God intended by being our authentic self, being Black and proud of it, actually choosing to Soar into all God intended for our lives and community. On this Memorial Day, in memory of our ancestors who fought in life’s arena to bring civilization, moral consciousness, deliverance, light, and life to the world, let’s Soar in our Blackness and rise high and increase rapidly in the revelation of God and who He has created us to be.