10 Nov Dancing in the Midst of the Storm
Ecclesiastes 3:4 “a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.”
I have written about Patience and Trust in the Storm but what about joy? Could we truly be dancing in the midst of a storm?
I believe we can. No, my circumstances have not changed since New Beginnings, except I get to chat to you lovely people each week. Yet my attitude has. I have a spring in my step, a song in my heart and a smile that actually radiates from my heart. Why? I am learning to trust. Honestly it’s scary and exciting at the same time just like dancing. Some days I cope with the steps (enjoying the moment) other days I spin too fast and fall over (feeling trapped). It is trusting in progress not perfection. A dance is not learnt in a day and neither is trust, its one step at a time. One twirl at a time. Dancing requires trust in your partner as they lead to make sure you don’t fall over or drop you in an incredible lift. In the same way we need to trust Jesus in His leading in the most beautiful dance, our life.
Trust that Jesus will never let you go with every spin.
Trust that Jesus knows the steps now and into the future.
Trust that Jesus knows your heart and the dreams, hopes and desires within and will lift you up to more than you imagine.
Trust that Jesus will hold you and dry every tear, you will never have to dance alone.
When I allow Jesus to speak into my heart His still, small voice reassuringly whispers, “Trust me, trust me, trust me…” over and over again. When I choose to listen, I have peace and joy; when I don’t listen, I feel frantic and frustrated. I don’t know about you, but I want the first option.
We need to see the good and the blessings Jesus has sprinkled on our stormy dancefloor like diamonds. These diamonds may be simply a hug or word of encouragement to even an unexpected friendship. They sparkle with joy, hope, peace and love and make the dance of life all the more beautiful because Jesus wants you to shine baby shine with Him leading you every step.
1 Samuel 16:7b “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
I will be the first one to admit I just don’t have the gift of singing or dancing. Thankfully Jesus looks at my heart and when it is in the right place to Him I sing like an angel and dance like a world-class ballerina.
So I encourage you to sing baby sing and dance baby dance.
Here is some inspiration:
Happy ~ Pharrell Williams
Can’t Stop The Feeling! ~ Justin Timberlake
Cinderella ~ Steven Curtis Chapman
Can I Have This Dance? (High School Musical 3) ~ Disney (France)
Like a Dad teaching his daughter to dance with her feet on his, allow Jesus to take your hand leading you wherever the song plays.
If Jesus asks you “Can I have this dance?” How will you respond?