Oh Facebook memories thank you yet again for the reminder of who I once was and how thankful I am to be the woman I am today. While some things never change, like the fact I love to be the first one on the dance floor and the last to leave my reason for dancing has.
This photo may look joyful but let me tell you what was going on underneath the surface 7 years ago was far from that. Underneath that seemingly carefree life was a young woman dying to be chosen.
Sure I was chosen by a few friends to join the Thirsty Thursday parties and by immature young guys to be the flavor of the week but my heart yearned for a much higher choosing. A choosing that didn’t depend on what I could bring to the table or relationship but simply for being me.
Although I can tell you today that my need was to be chosen, at the time I didn’t understand what was going on in my heart. I remember spending countless nights crying myself to sleep thinking there has to be more to life than this but also afraid that I had missed my opportunity for more by spending yet another weekend entangled in sin.
But then the summer I turned 21 it all changed. The story of how God exactly hit my heart is for another day but I’ll give you a hint it involves dancing and this charge from apostle Paul…
“Flee the desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” 2 Timothy 2:22
So that’s what I did. I’ve always had a take action and the road less traveled personality so from that moment I fled youthful desires and sought Jesus. I’d like to tell you from there on out I got it exactly right, but I didn’t because I never will. We are continually in need of a savior and thankfully we have one who has already CHOSEN us as His holy and dearly loved people.
People who can come as they are TODAY – even a drunken, sexually impure and total mess of a young woman because Jesus didn’t come to seek and save the “healthy” or “found” but the sick and lost.
That is why I still dance today, out of pure joy for all that has been done for me not because I deserve it but because I have been chosen! I hope you’ll dance to this truth too!
“In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.” Ephesians 1:11