My fear-filled Abby smiles, raises her head, and begins to dance. Ballet seems to release some of the intense reservations that naturally reside in her little heart. I never would have guessed that my silent little girl would be released by dance.
It warms my heart to see that release in her. It is such an unexpected blessing.
And yet, it is in the unexpected where God’s sweet glory shines the brightest.
Recently, the kids and I joined the team of greeters at church. It is definitely not the expected pick for our little clan. I am very quiet. Many times, socially awkward. Abby rarely speaks to others in a public setting. Eli is very reserved until he feels comfortable. So you can see why it might be a bit of a stretch for us to greet people as they come through the doors.
And yet, despite our many disqualifications, God led us into this ministry . But He fully compensates for what we lack. He makes quiet into sweetness, insecurity into confidence and fear into God dependency. My little family gets to trade everything that we are not for everything that He is.
I expected a panic attack and distressed children. But He poured His strength into our weakness.
And, unexpectedly, we were blessed.
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8