God’s Word for Today: Dance. “It is Monday” you say. “How could I even possibly think about dancing on a Monday?” To dance is a Saturday thing. Maybe even squeezed in late on a Friday night. Who even wants to discuss such a meaningless joy on a Monday? I could see if we were discussing how foolish someone looked last Saturday night as they danced with no reserve. But, to even fathom the idea of dance on a Monday, is absurd.
You may be right. Dance is something that should be reserved to the weekend. When the weight of our daily norm is released and we are free to enjoy the fruit of our labors we can dance. Or, if we are going to consider dance on a weekday, it needs to be restricted to dance lessons. And then let us reduce it down even further to dance lessons for children. We adults just don’t have time during the week to dance. Maybe if we are invited to be part of the cast of “Dancing with the Stars”, we could dance during the week. Otherwise, this word dance, for today, will just have to be put on the shelf.
I am not very good at dancing. I enjoy it, but that doesn’t mean I am any good at it. There are times, I believe I am the master of dance. All someone would have to do is show me a video clip of my performance, and I would realize the error of my mind. The lack of natural ability and flexibility, inhibits my dance technique enough that I am pretty sure I would never receive a 10. I would like to try. And, try my best I would. But this duck footed, bow legged, farm boy, would probably never bless the stage with grace and perfection.
I have watched couples dance who are pretty good. They have taken lessons, worked hard, and can cut a pretty good rug. The downfall of their performance is the lack of fun. The couple is concentrating so hard on the moves and technique they learned, fun has no room. Each choreographed step is counted to perfection and is a joy to watch. Somehow, the performance is lacking if the smiles are omitted. If the mistakes and flaws are not laughed at and enjoyed along with the rhythm of the music is a dance even worth it?
It is kind of sad, I don’t remember if I ever saw Mom and Dad dance. Maybe when we were at an occasion where there was dancing, I was either too young, or too preoccupied with kid things, that I didn’t see them dance. I really hoped they did. There are so many other couples I witness at festivals or parties that stay pretty much glued to the sideline. One partner or the other is too reserved, shy, ashamed, or stuck on themselves to allow other people to see them dance. Usually, it is a guy thing. The “stuck on themselves” part I mean. We will keep the “reserved, shy, or ashamed” part for the ladies. But guys, if you think you are just too much of something to enjoy the dance of life, I feel sorry for you. And ladies, your reservations need to be set to the side every so often to enjoy what dance creates. Now, I have spoken my peace. Now, I will dance right off my pedestal.
Psalm 30:11. You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
God wants you to approach and live life with joy. He understands the troubles and pains of this world that are going to come into your life. He knows that at times you are going to be so down that you could never dream of dancing again. But then, healing starts to take place. The simple pleasures of everyday blessings from God start to fill you back up. The emptiness, if allowed, is replaced with a fullness of peace and love. Only God can do this. You might have looked other directions, but those will sooner or later collapse. God’s repair is permanent.
There are a few Churches out there that frown on dancing. I will not judge nor condemn their teachings. I just believe it is sad. God gave us music. God gave us joy. God gave us the ability to combine the two and dance. So, if at all possible, put that to work. What would be the purpose of existence on this earth if one couldn’t dance? Even if your body restricts or limits your ability, you can still dance. I’ve seen the pure joy of someone’s eyes dancing. Good stuff. Dance with whatever you have access to dance with. Let it fly. Enjoy life. Make others wonder why you are dancing.
Today, know two things. One, it is ok to dance. And two, it is ok to dance. God gives you blessings each and every day. Sometimes the best way to thank him it to let loose and dance. Even on a Monday………………
Prayer: My Dearest and most Precious Lord, thank you for your Blessings. Forgive me Lord, for the times when I find no joy in my life. I know Lord that you want me to be happy, but my pain is too strong. Today Lord, I give that all to you. Lord, I give you my pain, my guilt, my loss, my regrets, my inhibitions, and my burdens. Today Lord, help me to dance. I need and want your love God. I can already feel the rhythm of your Joy. In Jesus’, who suffered so we could dance, name I pray. Amen.