In the song by Sanctus Real, "Whatever You're Doing" it says:
Whatever you're doing inside of me
It feels like chaos but now I can see
This something bigger than me
Larger than life something heavenly
It's time to face up
Clean this old house
Time breathe in and let everything out
Well, here I am. Just 15 more hours of my 'gainful employment'. Getting ready to enter the ministry that I feel called . . . that I have felt called to for over a year now. I have been sitting on pause and prepare for a year now. At times it felt like the time was creeping and at other times it has moved overwhelming faster than I could keep up with.
What exactly will I be doing? I do not know. God hasn't given me the full picture. I just know He has been preparing me for something bigger than me. This journey started with an epiphany of who God created me to be. That moment, a series of three events, in March, April and May of 2009 . . . transformed my life forever and I am all the better for it.
On Thursday night, I was so blessed to go to the Faith in Motion Dance Studio. I could so feel the presence of God and the feeling of purpose that God has been preparing me for. The studio was launching a twelve week challenge called Leap of Faith. Do not even think that this is coincidence. I have had the name and number of the studio owner for over nine months. It was never the right timing. I was taking classes, working full time, traveling, studying, training for a marathon, preparing for a graduation and a wedding, etc.
I finally made the Leap of Faith, to call on Monday. We connected on Thursday at lunch time and Thursday night was the launch of the 12 week program. Maybe I just see everything through a divine God filter . . .but I do not think this is coincidence. As I packed my gym bag to head to the studio after work, for some reason I grabbed the stack of before/after pictures I had printed for some presentations I will be giving. I am so glad I did.
When I got to the studio, they welcomed me just like family. It felt like a mix of dance studio and gospel choir. I was directed to where RaChelle, the owner was. Immediately I felt like I had known her my whole life! We clicked, right away. Who wouldn't click with this woman. She has a great big God presence about her and she loves the ladies she works with and a passion for what she is doing. Then she tells me that she wants me to share a little bit of my story to inspire and motivate the women who are starting the 12 week challenge . . . ahhhhhhh . . .this is what God has been preparing me for! This is why I have the photos, this is why I have been gifted with the 'no fear of speaking in crowds'. I can do this! Piece of cake!
I did not jump into the hour long Zumba class, I wanted to look a little fresher than a wrung out rag when I shared my story. It was hard to stay seated when the music started and the energy got pumping. I clapped along, swayed and enjoyed the music. This is the kind of group you would love to dance with, worship with and celebrate with. They know how to make a little noise and it is contagious!
After the first hour it is time for me to share briefly a word or two of encouragement with the group:
The ladies were so sweet in their words of encouragement and support to me! I was there to encourage them, but I received so much from them.
After I shared, I was then ready to join in on the last half hour of the party!
It was an amazing evening. At the end, I stood at the door 'de-greeting', hugging and encouraging the women as they left. There was lots of high fives and 'you got this girl'.
Today, I was blessed to receive confirmation that I have been asked to join the staff at Faith in Motion Christian Dance Studio as a yoga instructor. I am excited to be back on the mat as an instructor. More important, I am blessed to be connected with this ministry of faith and fitness as I continue to grow the ministry of FabFit in my local community. This is a partnership that I think will be blessing to so many as we endeavor to help support women in making whole healthy choices, to build whole healthy families and ignite whole healthy communities. I see it. I feel it. It is growing and the vision is bigger than me.
I am humbled, honored and blessed.