Imagine if you will, a girl. She’s jumping, laughing and twirling in the sunlight. The sun shining through her hair. She smiles as she looks up to the sky. More times than not, you can hear her singing to herself, the soundtrack of the moment she is in. She is always singing. Whether it’s a song she knows or a song she makes up, she is singing. This little wonderful girl would be my Zoe.
Zoe means life in Greek. She encompasses everything about her name and what it means. She is full of life. She is full of wonder. She is full of love. And what I think I am most enamored by is her spirit. What I mean by her spirit is the state of her soul, the seat of her emotions and character. This child of mine has one of the wildest and most unafraid spirits I have ever known. She walks through this world loving and impacting everyone she meets, finding all the joy she can extract from whatever situation she is in and seeing the wonder it all has to offer her. Most people who meet her are changed by her spirit, it’s contagious if anything. I find that pretty amazing.
I believe this is why God chose her for me. I think He wanted me to have a piece of how He sees the world and the people He loves. He wants me to be encouraged by her reckless abandon when it comes to life. She knows who she is and she isn’t afraid to be exactly that. Through her example, my spirit has become more full of life as well. There have been more instances than I can count that He has spoken to me through her. Whether it’s watching her love for Jesus grow or a simple word she will say to me that will snap me back into a posture of gratefulness rather than grumpiness. Or when I pick her up from school and I ask her how her day was, she always has a positive word to say. How many of us can say that? Not me. In those moments I pause and find myself in awe of her, that on any given day she finds the good.
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
My biggest fear for her…that the world will try to crush her spirit. That people who don’t understand, will try to tear her down or tell her she is too much. My hope for her is that she will continue to walk through her days with joy and abounding love and confident in who she is. That she will use all that energy and spunk to shake the earth. What I know for sure is she is going to be a world changer and a kingdom shaker. I have no doubt in my mind and heart that nothing could be truer.
This little girl of mine is teaching me to live a little bit more in the moment and a little more unafraid. I am learning to find the joy in the small things. I will steal more moments finding the wonder she finds in the world. Whether it’s her smile, a stolen moment with a friend, the sun on my face, time with loved ones or the sunset…I will take more steps to find it all amazing. After all, she will probably sing a song about it and I think it’s time I start singing along with her.