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I Hope You Dance

June 28, 2011

Change is a part of life; but
Change always holds the hand of Choice.


I remember vividlythe day captured in this photo. It was my granddaughter’s first dance recital. Her day began with excitement and laughter for her debut as a poised and graceful ballerina. And then suddenly, something did not go quite the way she had expected. A frown replaced her beautiful smile, and a hear-a-pin-drop silence stilled her laughter.


Have you ever had one of those days? One of those days that begins with everything coming up roses and sunshine. Then in one split second, the fragrant roses and warm sunshine have disappeared, leaving life shattered into a kaleidoscope of a million different pieces. Loss of any kind is painful and often devastating, whether it’s the loss of a relationship, a family member, a job, health, finances, or even the innocence of childhood.


After one of my painful losses, I found myself stuck in a quagmire of mourning - unable to move beyond it. I mourned the “what might have been,” the “what if,” and the “if only.” No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t seem to let go of the past.


Then one day while shopping at the local grocery store, my attention turned to the haunting melody of a song that began to play through the store’s sound system.


.when you get the choice 

to sit it out or dance,

I hope you dance.


from I Hope You Dance by Mark D. Sanders & Tia Sillers


As I listened to the song’s message, I heard the still small voice of the Lord speak to me. It was time to make a choice. Choose to stay on the sideline’s of life or make a choice to dance through it. Remain in misery and despair or...choose to live an abundant life by taking God‘s hand and trust Him to lead.


It was time. Time to make a choice.


What about you? Is this where you find yourself today? Your heavenly Father knows where you are, and He understands the circumstances in which you find yourself today. Ecclesiastes 3:4 states, there is a time to mourn, and a time to dance. Grief is loss's close companion and is a natural process of healing. Take time to grieve the loss. However, when grief has overstayed, I pray you make a choice to get up out the seat of despair and dance.


I’m not saying it’s easy. Like me, you may even need a reminder from time to time you made a choice to dance. Dancing is immensely more fulfilling, just ask my granddaughter, with a little encouragement from her mom and her Mimi, she did decide to dance that day. Encouraged by the lyrics to a beautiful melody, I too chose to dance, and I’m having the time of my life! 



Hear, O LORD, and be merciful to me; O LORD, be my help. You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy. 

Psalm 30:10-11


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