Last Friday afternoon I had just landed in Minneapolis and my friend, Candace Cameron Bure, texted to ask if I would fly to Los Angeles to shoot a segment with her for Dancing With the Stars. Monday was going to be icon night on the show. The five semi-finalists were inviting icons/influencers to come and give them encouragement.
My very first thought was, I need to send Candace a list of really great people she can invite to do this. Big name people. I’ll call people who know people. I love this girl and I want her to have the right icon for her semi-final night.
My second thought was,
I need to call my husband.
Scott didn’t think Candace sent a whole long text to me by mistake. “It happens,” I told him. “I could just text her back – Hey girl. Oops, I think this text was meant for someone else. Ha! Crazy! I’ll be praying for your icon! #dwts #mirrorball #gogirl #djcandyball.”
Scott told me to stop it.
Then he told me to go.
Only the good Lord knows why I chose last weekend for my own personal travel challenge:
Go speak in Minneapolis with only the bare necessities. Leave everything you won’t need for one night/two days at home.
So after an amazing Saturday with Kathy Troccoli and Kelly Minter, I boarded my new flight to Hollywood with two already worn outfits, a bag of make-up, one pair of shoes and flip-flops. Woo. I had won my one-night, luggage-packing challenge. Note to self:
You never know when Dancing With the Stars is going to call.
On the plane, I finally let myself think about what I was going to Los Angeles to do. And the whole thing was completely ridiculous. And incredibly humbling. Candace could have invited anybody, anybody in this world to come and be her “icon.” It was her one shot to bring more star power. Besides, there are 2o million viewers and ratings and big things to consider. Like the VOTES. For goodness sake, there are people who might have gotten her more votes. I don’t know who exactly. TV people know these things. But surely they would be headliner kind of people. Maybe Taylor Swift or Condelezza Rice or Roma Downey or Maya Angelou. Like I said, I have no idea who you’re supposed to invite for icon night.
What I do know is that Candace and I both know I am not her icon. Jesus is the icon. I am just walking beside her toward Him.
But the whole crazy thing happened anyway and ABC flew a North Carolina Bible teacher with two outfits to tape a segment for Dancing With the Stars. For. Goodness. Sake.
Candace and I sat down Sunday afternoon to film our interview. She was exhausted, but still beautiful and strong. I had on the clothes I had spoken in Friday night, but by that time, I had finally caught on to God’s instructions for me:
Angela, stop thinking about yourself. This is about Me. This is about Candace. Be filled with My grace and My peace. You are the messenger and you are her friend.
Whew, I was off the hook. I had been sent to love my friend with the love of God. Easiest thing I’d done all week.
I prayed and asked God how to best encourage her. These were the two passages I took to our interview:
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy. – Psalm 16:11a
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you; because he trusts in you. – Isaiah 26:3
We taped a lot of footage that afternoon, with no idea what would end up on the show. I guess I thought the two Bible girls would surely get buried somewhere in the middle of the program, but last Monday night, Dancing With the Stars led with the God story.
It was just a tiny, little thing. Talking with my friend about our faith on a dancing show. But God has been so faithful and good to me, I pray those moments were a beautiful reflection of His love. Not enough people know about His love and it would be so cool if they knew this one main thing: the God who knows you truly, loves you still.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16
You can watch our interview here.
By the way, Candace dances in the finale this Monday night. The other three finale dancers are all beautiful, hard-working people, each one of them artistic, athletic and a joy to watch. But Candace is my friend. I know her heart. She has given this competition her all. Dancing With the Stars is one part dance scores and one part applause by phone. Will you join me in celebrating Candace’s hard work with your votes this Monday night.