I’ve always loved that photo of the old ladies messing about on the beach in their vintage swimsuits that has the caption,
“Dance as if no one is watching.”
I’ve tried to make that idea my life motto of sorts. The dancing bit, not so much the vintage swimsuit-wearing.
Creatively, it helps if we look straight ahead at the next right thing for us to make.
It’s when we look around us at what everyone else is doing and what seems to be acceptable, that we risk losing both our nerve and joy.
But spiritually too, it’s a good plan to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and run only for Him.
Our reading at Bible Study this morning was the story of Jesus appearing to the disciples on the beach as they were fishing.
Most of the guys stayed in the boat and sailed carefully back to shore, but Peter jumped into the water, so delighted was he to see his newly resurrected friend.
For the last few months, I’ve felt a recurring pull to be back doing Design Team work. I’ve come close to messaging one a few times… it’s fun to be part of something bigger (and all the free treats are nice too!)
But each time, God has coughed and reminded me that the plan for me right now is to keep swimming for Him and Him alone.
That my message is one of simplicity and not stuff, however cute.
That the only ‘product’ I’m called to promote right now is the life in all its fullness that only He can bring.
It can be tempting to suggest to God what His next step for us might be or to think we know better than Him what will bring us the most joy.
But there are always plans for us and how it must delight our Father to see us throw ourselves wholeheartedly into the water and splash towards Him, not giving two hoots about what anyone else may think.
“I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.”