Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the DESIRES of your heart
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
“You can’t dance for at least six months, maybe longer,” said the smart-looking Physical Therapist checking my ankle. “There is literally NO feeling in my ankle,” I squirmed in response, trying to muster up some kind of signal to move my ankle. Grimacing, I realized that as much as I tried to flex my foot, nothing was happening. A flood of emotion and tears rose inside of me. “I’m ruined,” I thought. I had recently been accepted into a prestigious dance company on my college campus. I was one of the youngest members accepted – and now I had to tell them I couldn’t dance! Eventually, I learned that I had to quit all my dance classes for the whole semester. The anger inside of me swelled. “Why would you do this Lord?” I asked.
I’m sure you can relate to the feelings of confusion and sadness over a loss of a dream or a passion taken. Likely it was something that felt like it completed you… gone. Looking back, I can tell you exactly why the Lord took away my dancing for those six months. I was seeking dance before him. I wanted nothing more in life than to dance and succeed in my dancing. I placed it above what he wanted for me. Looking back, it seems like a distant memory but in the moment it was life-altering. A huge catastrophe.
Now, I have the dance career I always longed for. I could never have planned for how my dance schedule fits into my life as a mother. I am able to teach and perform professionally, while taking care of those who mean the most to me. God has met the desires of my heart, but in a deeper and sweeter way than I could EVER, EVER imagine. Don’t cut God short by trying or pushing for your own way. Let him lead and watch to see the amazing places he brings you.