I published “Dance In the Rain” on July 11, 2010. The blogs I read this week kept bringing pieces of this work back to memory. I hope the rewrite blesses you!
In the course of life I have learned that almost nothing remains the same. Life is a stormy mistress. If we are honest the stormy days outnumber the calm ones. In life, lightning strikes and lots of times in the same place. Life changes and right quick. Wink and tragedy comes on you unawares. Blink and blessed moments may pass you by. Usually tragedy and blessing are mixed together in fast-moving squalls that roar across the surfaces of our existence; But whether winking or blinking we have to learn to enjoy where we are at and stop waiting for the world to change in our favor.
There is a dish displayed on the bookcase in my office. Written in the center is this saying: “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
We’ve all got “stuff” going on. You have money troubles. She may have a close friend who is dying. The guy in the corner over there is going through a divorce. But if we let those things take our focus, we miss opportunity to dance between the rain drops. And it’s the dancing that makes life on this planet tolerable. If you listen close enough the rain offers a good beat; So friend spend some time today dancing in the rain.
Hello Pastor J.
I need to dance now!! I enjoyed the read,and pray for me to focus on Jesus.
Then dance away Pat! Enjoy the rain!
Thank you . . .beautiful re-post! I’m blessed and am praying it touches others too!
God bless you as you dance!
I am blessed! I call it rain but it washes me clean!
Please excuse me if I don’t dance in the rain literally. I don’t like getting wet in the rain. On the other hand, dancing in the ‘rainy days of life’ is a great way to go – praising God is the best way to dispel gloom. How can one be ‘down’ when we start counting our blessings?
Indeed! Making the choice to dance is how we break the despair!
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” I love this because the best dance partner you’ll ever have will teach you how to dance. Thank you, Pastor J for blessing me today with your post.
He dances and sings over us Deb! HE is the leading partner!
The Lord bless you my brother I love the exhortation… I like the rain and i enjoy a walk and often a run in it too. A dance, well that will top it all! In Wales we have plenty of rain and no reason to dance in it either.
The Lord is Good
The Lord is good Paul. He has become my reason to dance no matter how it may pour down! There’s a great storm comin’. I shall dance for Him before it!
What a lovely post, my friend. So true! I lived on the southern Oregon coast for 3 years. The climate was nearly identical to the inside passage in Alaska. We had lots of sun and lots of rain – very often on the same day. 😀
As the assistant manager of the Visitors Center and as the manager of a lovely ocean resort, nearly every day, I saw those who had learned to dance in the rain and others who allowed the rain to ruin their day.
Thank you for this beautiful reminder.
You are welcome and thank you for the beautiful word picture you painted for us in this comment!
Hello again, my friend!
This comment was posted on TMG today. Thought I’d pass it on to you. 😀
i LOVE that song. Are you familiar with Trading My Sorrows? I bet you’d like that too.
Are you the person who recommended the pastor from this site for the award? https://jelillie.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/dance-in-the-rain-rewrite/
I need his name and a way to get in touch with him please.
March 4, 2012 at 11:23 pm
Hello vivian and thank you for stopping by TMG. I do know and like Trading My Sorrows (the song and the concept). 😀
Yes, I did link to my friend, Pastor J. Your have the right link to his blog. If you click on it and go to his about page, possibly you could leave him a message? I’m afraid that’s all the info I have. We’ve only become friends through our blogs.
I hope you’re able to connect with him.
Thanks Deb for the info! I have followed up on your comment. I appreciate you getting back to me.