When I was 4 years old, I had a dream. I dreamed that JESUS in the flesh took me to the park to play! It was so much fun- we laughed and jumped and twirled! He pushed me on the swings and I went soooo high. JESUS was the absolute BEST play date!!

Then right in the middle of all this excitement, He asked me a very serious question, at least for my 4-year old brain. “Shunna” He said, “how will you worship me?” 

Now, this was in the 70s in rural East Texas so I had the typical little black girl hairstyle, several “plats” with about 100 bows and barrettes that jingled when I moved my head. So I thought about God’s question for a minute then enthusiastically said, “I can shake my bows for you, Lord! I can shake my bows!!”  Picture my head moving back and forth in pure delight, making a clashing sound with each motion.

That was 40 years ago and this dream is as vivid as if it happened last night! What was I trying to show and tell Him by “shaking my bows”? I wanted GOD to know that I would use whatever I had to worship and praise Him… that I would make a joyful noise with whatever instrument I had (my voice, my hair clips, my hands, my influence)-everything! 

Today I am still using whatever is in my power to use to bring God praise. I use my mouth to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. I use my hands to serve others. I use my feet to go and care for those who are in need of a Savior. I use my “much”-my possessions, my resources and my knowledge- to be generous and give to those with “little”. I use my voice to sing Psalms and hymns and new songs to a great, mighty and awesome GOD who loves me. 

He loves and cares for you too. No matter what your age- 4 or 100, He wants to know that He has your full attention and devotion. No matter what your gifting is, He has a purpose and plan for you and it. And no matter how many other people have discounted you, told you that you weren’t good enough, pretty enough, smart enough, He says YOU ARE ENOUGH!! And He will never ever give up on you. His dream for you is still active. It hasn’t been cancelled or rescinded. In fact, He says He has an amazing hope and future in store specifically for you…that’s excellent news!

So as you profess and demonstrate your love for JESUS, what does “shaking your bows” look like? Have fun figuring it out.