McDowell Technical Community College

Pause…and Consider

A stunning gasp!

Ken and Jan Merop

Avery County


She danced…swirling and twirling as though no one was watching.

But I was watching.

I was mesmerized.  I gasped at her freedom in the dance as the musicians played a worship song to the Lord.  Her beautiful red hair blew around her face.  She couldn’t have been more than three or four years old.  I wondered if she would become shy and stop if she saw me watching.  However, when she spotted me, she smiled and returned to the wonder of her dance of worship.

This was abandon pure and simple…transported to another realm where she responded with her free-spirited dance.

Prior to this experience, I had been introduced to the word Zoe…a Greek word that means life…abundant life as described in the Scriptures.  This life is infused by God’s eternal life, an overflowing reality beyond our making.

2 Peter 1: 3 & 4, NKJV says, “His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature…”

Partakers of the divine nature.  Let that sink in.  Then don’t be surprised if your hands fly to your face, cover your mouth and release a stunned gasp of incredulity.

Imagine.  This Zoe life is in me as a gift of God when he saved me.  I can partake of his holy nature.  What should my response to him be?

The following verses show what that should look like.  Supplement our faith with virtue (or moral excellence) and continue with knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love.  To our Lord, this response will be a beautiful fragrance and dance before him.

By knowing him more fully through abiding in his word and keeping company with him in prayer, our lives will be an expression of his life in us…abandon…whether anyone is looking or not; because we always have an audience of One.

And so, back to our little dancer.  She continued to flow from one side of the church to the other as the music played.  Later, I shared with her Dad how much her worship had meant to me…how it kept me rooted to my spot so I wouldn’t miss a moment.

And then I learned her name.  Zoe.

God had shown me a beautiful illustration of a truth newly discovered in the innocent abandon of a child.  A stunning gasp left my lips.  Selah

Dancing Azaleas


The slightest breeze lifts the petals…

inviting them into a delicate dance.

I’m captivated by nature’s elegance,

hues, gracefulness, and charm.

Nature is infused with our Creator’s essence.

And when we know Him, we, too,

 share in the beauty of His divine nature.

“…you may be partakers of the divine nature…”

2 Peter 1: 4, NKJV