“You don’t do things the normal way in your family, do you?” That’s a comment to get your attention on a frigid Sunday morning after church. It was a compliment from a dear lady, and I appreciated it. But it startled me. It underscored something I’d known about myself for awhile, but hadn’t thought so obvious…that is, that I’m a little weird. Maybe in some areas a lot weird. Even when I am simply “living normal life,” things look different. I live on the same planet as other people but I hear a different rhythm. I’m a tad off-beat to the rest of the world.
Injustice and the desire to see broken things restored is one of those rhythms that stirs my heart to move, and yet makes me feel weird, out of sync from others. The things I have learned about the world don’t make for pleasant break-room conversations with my co-workers. The issues are challenging, the solutions shrouded in gray. It’s easy to care about injustice and walk around as a perpetual party-pooper. I go to a social gathering, and suddenly find myself describing the lack of ethics of candy companies. I don’t do it on purpose, it just sort of happens. Open mouth, insert foot. I’m that voice before the awkward silence. I’m the proverbial clumsy dancer whom others avoid because I’m constantly stepping on toes. Ouch.
Every once in a while, though, in the midst of my off-kilter dance, I receive a gift. It’s the realization that there are others who hear the same rhythm I do. There are other people who get up and dance through life in a not so normal way. I find myself surprised, but I shouldn’t be. The same Spirit who set this crazy off-kilter beat in my heart is infusing those passions in others. And then that Spirit calls us to dance together, to let God’s music be experienced by the rest of the world. Watching others, I realize that “not normal” can be a beautiful thing. And I feel fresh courage to keep in step with that different beat, to “keep in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25).
So if you’ve read, subscribed, commented, or encouraged me on this blog or in other areas of weirdness, I want to say thank you. I want to thank you for being weird along with me, for showing me I am not weird alone.
This video is for all you weirdos, nuts, and strangers in a strange land. Maybe you feel like the crazy lone dancing leader, maybe you relate to the even weirder follower. Whatever your role, don’t stop dancing. The movement towards redemption is coming.