My daughter, Shae (of Teen, Meet God, and Shae’s Days), loves to dance, and she’s been told by her teachers through the years that she is gifted enough to pursue dance as a career. As I took these photos of her several weeks ago, I wondered what part dance would play in her future.
You see, for years, she’s felt confident that God has called her to be a missionary, perhaps dealing with orphans. She’s never had her heart set on dancing full-time, despite her love for the art form.
But, she has wondered, along with her father and I, why God would give her a talent and not intend for her to use it to her uttermost. She’s not unsure of her call to ministry, just looking forward with faith to see how God will use all of her talents, including her dance ability.
I have often prayed about her future, perhaps with less faith than she.
But my mother, who was a professional ballerina once upon a time, was kind enough to help ease our concerns. She reminded us of the many ways she has been able to use dance – as a teacher, coach, and more – after dancing full-time was no longer an option for her. God allowed her to use her talent for dance and choreography to help many young people through the years.
And perhaps Shae will be able to do the same, in ways we can’t yet imagine.
We look forward to seeing what God has for our daughter, who earnestly desires his will.
Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. – Psalm 37:4
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. – Jeremiah 33:3
According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. – Philippians 1:20, 21
How has God used your talents in ways you wouldn’t have guessed? I would love to hear from you.