God is Not a Teenage Girl
Posted on January 17, 2020 by Catey Stover in Victory Call
Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the high school basketball game of my friend’s niece. Being a retired collegiate athlete I jumped at the chance to support another young athlete. It was nice to be back in the environment that I once thrived in. The sound of the basketball bouncing on the wooden court, the smells of the fries and mozzarella sticks lingering from the snack stand, and the uncomfortable bleachers filled with parents supporting their kids all greeted me like old friends.
However, my absolute favorite part of the night wasn’t the nostalgia or even the basketball game. It was watching my friend’s niece high-five her teammates after every basket they made. Her consistent intentionality throughout the duration of the entire game filled me with encouragement.
When I was younger, I was always too afraid to high-five my teammates in that same way. I wanted to but I always thought that if I extended my hand out to that teenage girl, she would not accept my gesture and I would be rejected in front of the entire gym. I moved around quite a bit as a kid due to my parent’s divorce but my mom always made sure that I was able to compete in sports. Constantly being the new girl on the team made it hard to develop those genuine connections with my teammates. I never felt truly felt like a team member.
Doesn’t this happen with our relationship with God? We’ll allow ourselves to be on His team on Sundays but when we actually have to open up and be vulnerable, it’s significantly easier to clam up and just move onto the next team. Being vulnerable takes an extreme amount of courage. I don’t know if those girls on my team would’ve accepted my high five, however, the bible tells us exactly how God will respond to our vulnerability,
“I took you from the ends of this Earth, from it’s farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant, I have chosen you and have not rejected you’. So do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41: 9-10
God has chosen us to have a close relationship with Him. He loves you and desires that relationship with you so much that He sent His only son on the cross so that he could be with you. God is not a teenage girl. Once we lean into a relationship with Him, He never rejects us. In fact, He will use that vulnerability and transform it into strength.
While I still have doubts about offering high fives (even in friendly church basketball games), I am no longer afraid to be vulnerable in my faith. God is not a teenage girl. He is the creator of the world and the creator of you. He won’t reject you.
Are you ready to extend your hand out to Him?
Written by Kori Warren: Kori Warren serves as a Guest Services Representative and recent graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick with a BA in Planning and Public Policy. She is passionate about serving the Lord and showing His love for the people around her.
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