Dance in the Rain

By Sharon Merhalski

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

When I read this quote this morning I couldn’t help but to think of Gene Kelly in the old movie Singing in the Rain. I ‘saw’ in my mind the scene where he danced with great joy, by himself, in a downpour of rain. I don’t remember why he was happy but he didn’t wait under an awning for the rain to stop. He didn’t care about getting soaking wet or looking really peculiar…he just danced for joy!

How many times have I literally stood still by my kitchen door–or in a store–waiting for the rain to get less intense so I can get to my car without getting wet? And figuratively how many times have I stood still at my heart’s door waiting for the storm in my personal life to pass before I stepped out, wet with tears, to let my spirit dance, praise my God, smile, encourage others…fulfill my place of service? Truly, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

What does God say about this matter? (I’m going to leave this in Bible-study form…just as I wrote it in my journal.)

Psalm 30:5 “….in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”

I have the promise…promise of God that my weeping will end. I am told “in his favour is life:” and I know to be in God’s favor I must walk in obedience, abiding in Christ. My joy is found in my abiding in Christ—trusting Him and believing His Word. So, in effect, I choose when to dance; praise, thank, glorify the Lord: I choose when to dance by choosing to do right, think right, be right with God in the midst of every storm of life. God will, when I have set my heart and relationship right with Him, do the turning of my sadness into joy so that I can praise Him,

“Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.” Psalm 30:11-12

Psalm 149:3 “Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.”

“Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.” Psalm 150:4

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

Are we dancing in the rain of our lives? Remember, we can only see a rainbow through the rain…and the rainbow will always come.

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