My 55th birthday was a day of quiet celebration, a day peppered with birthday wishes, cards, phone calls and flowers. It was a day to be thankful for one more year with a sound mind, healthy body, and a loving family.
But sometimes you have to do you own celebrating and I did. Two months before my birthday, I bought myself a very expensive but practical present. I surprised myself, but I loved what I got. Then I did something else a week before I turned 55. Walking into the nail shop, I knew I wanted something different and unexpected. I got my toenails painted lime green. This was a gigantic leap out of my hot pink, red and orange world of toe polish.
So what was the big deal? The green toe polish served as a reminder of the freedom to be who God created me to be, a freedom to be off center, a freedom to break out of the status quo. It was a way of letting the real me escape and be seen by the world. It was my way of saying that there is more to discover. The surface has been barely scratched. When that mother lode vein is exposed and mined, the river of prosperity will be so vast that anyone in its wake will be blessed and captured for the Kingdom of God. OK, I can be dramatic but all this from lime green toe polish?
The lime green was a declaration of independence saying not to stay bound by my old thinking or by what others think I should be. This is not a mid-life crisis. It is a mid-life awakening, a journey prepared by God. In John 10:10, Jesus says that He came to give life, to give it more abundantly, to the full and the overflow. I believe my best days are ahead of me.
What will be your quiet declaration of freedom? Sometimes a whisper can be louder than a shout. I think I might try yellow next time.