I am not a good dancer. Okay, that is an understatement. I have zero ability to dance. Actually, I can sing better than I can dance – and I really am not a good singer. You get the idea – it isn’t in my skill set. It isn’t part of the gifts God has given me. Regardless, sometimes we must dance. It is in our hearts and our feet begin to twitch – and we dance. We are not dancing for anyone (thankfully). We are not trying to impress or win an award. We are simply dancing – head thrown back and nothing else on our mind. There are times when dancing is the answer.
This is what I hear from the Psalmist this morning. There is a time for mourning and then there is a time for dancing. Mourning is appropriate and necessary. Mourning can last for way longer than we want. But there is a point when mourning will turn to dancing. It can happen very subtly. It begins with a little glimmer in our day. Then the glimmer turns into sunshine. Then the sunshine turns into a tune. Before we know it, we are dancing. We are dancing in joy. We are dancing in thankfulness. We are dancing because the weight of our mourning has been lifted – if but for just a moment. So dance!
Don’t be afraid to dance if this is what God has given you today. If he has turned your mourning into dancing, then dance. Let it all out. Move freely in joy and gratitude. If you are not there yet, just hold on. Your time is coming. Maybe it is just a twitch in your foot today. Maybe it is a song in your heart. But don’t lose heart – God will turn your mourning into dancing too. And when he does – don’t forget to actually dance. It may be just what you need today.
11 You have turned my mourning into dancing;
you have taken off my sackcloth
and clothed me with joy,
12 so that my soul may praise you and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever.
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