“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life” (PV 13:12)
This is a wonderful Cinderella type of story. Misty Copeland is an African American girl who is now a famous ballerina. She was born in a poor home to a single mother. When she was 13, a lady, who was a ballet teacher,’discovered’ that her body is very flexible and balanced. The lady helped her. She introduced her to the world of classical ballet. She was discriminated because of her color. She was rejected by many schools because of her body type. But against all odds she persevered. She was given full scholarship to the best ballet school in New York. She is now famous and rich, She is the only ‘black prima ballerina’ in America. She is an inspiration for many colored girls that they can achieve their dreams. I am happy for her that she rejected the rejection. I pray that she will know Jesus Christ one day. Then she will understand her life better!
Her story touched me this evening. I can identify with her struggles. As a child, I wanted to be a ballerina too. My parents sent me to Ballet school. I did very well. For about 5 years we traveled with our ballet group and competed with others. I loved my ballet teacher, an old woman full of elegant skills. But when I was about 12 or 13 I was told that I can never be a professional ballerina because of my ‘body type’. I was too ‘fat and short’. Something broke in my heart that day. My hope to be a ballerina died. My dream was rejected and died. My heart got sick…
Because of that rejection, for many years I struggled with negative body image. I tried to compensate with high performance in school. I became top of the class. I chose to be a medical doctor. I knew that even if you are ‘fat and short’ you can be a doctor. My ‘secondary’ dreams were all fulfilled.
I am now a retired medical doctor, a happy wife, blessed mother, grand mother and a pastor. I can say that my greatest ‘achievement’ is to give my life to Christ, to become a child of God! Nothing else matters!
I testify that Christ freed me from all my inferiority complexes. In His eyes I am beautiful! I dance in my spirit… I dance when I worship. I am now a very happy woman. My childhood dream died but Jesus gave me His own dreams! They are the best! To serve my King forever is my dream now. Old age, fatness or weakness of the body can never stop the eternal seed!
Be encouraged! When one door shuts, God will open another! A better one! No regrets! Only praises! To God be all the glory!
(In the picture is Misty Copeland dancing in the Swan Lake)