God speaks to us in myriad ways – you know…His word, blinding light, a donkey – and most recently in my life, a beautiful seventeen-year-old girl bursting with energy and love.
You see, I went on a women’s “retreat”, for lack of a better word for 5 ½ days last week and throughout this whole week of undistracted time with the Lord. He really had an opportunity to talk to me about some things, and I was obliged to listen.
This particular time with the Lord dealt with many deep-seated hurts, longings, issues. In effect – a life changing experience. In an activity that we were asked to do, I used crafts to create something that I had not since I was in elementary school. I truly felt that it was a reminder of youth, fun, spontaneity. I had been accused of being too serious, too “deep” and told to lighten up more times than I care to admit. As a young teenage mother, I learned how to be practical. Now, don’t get me wrong, I knew how to party. There is a truly big difference in someone being light-hearted and fun-spirited and someone who can get drunk and think they are having a good time. Very, very different things. But I digress…
In the midst of my healing during this last week, a day was spent mourning my youth. Granted, I didn’t even know that I needed to mourn my lost youth. I was the kind of girl who just felt like you had to move on; what other choice do you have? God said otherwise. And into my life walked someone I now affectionately call my “little sister in Christ”. Bouncy and bubbly, she showed me a reflection of a part of me had been missing. Spontaneous fun, laughing, joking – no worries, no responsibilities. She showed me what it looked like to love the Lord unabashedly and without restraint. She showed me how exhilarating it can be to sneak out at midnight and scare the pants off of your sisters in the house down the road. (Ha ha!)
He heals your diseases—every one.
He redeems you from hell—saves your life!
He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown.
He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal.
He renews your youth—you’re always young in his presence. Psalm 103:3-5 (MSG)
God crowned me with love and mercy and He renewed my youth. If you see me singing at the top of my lungs in my car or dancing down the street, you should really join in. Life is more fun like this. ;-)
Written by Jamie Stapleton
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