God Turned Her Mourning Into Dancing
I know staring isn’t polite, but I couldn’t help it. My eyes were glued to the woman in the back of the church. As a twelve-year-old girl I was mesmerized by the beauty that radiated from her. Never in all my conservative church going life had I seen someone praise the Lord with such reckless abandonment. With her hands held high and joyful smile across her face she gently swayed back and forth in a dance like motion.
I couldn’t help but wonder what it was that caused this woman to worship this way. She was contagiously joyful. Beautifully unchained and unbound. Graciously loosed and set free….
Twenty-five years have passed since I saw the woman in the back of the church and I still remember her like it was yesterday. I will never know the exact reason for her joyful display of worship that morning, but I am sure it had something to do with God showing up in an amazingly unexpected way. Author Susan B. Mead says that God shows up at Big times in Big ways during the moments of our deepest hurt and brokenness. Click to tweet
You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness. Psalm 30:11(NIV)
Perhaps this woman was going through a time of grief or hardship. Maybe she had to let go of dream, walk away from a relationship, or bury a loved one. Whatever it was, it was evident in the way she worshiped that God had shown up in a big way and turned her mourning into dancing.
I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Psalm 40:1-3(NIV)
If you are going through a season of grief and mourning, know this my friend, God understands and feels your pain. He hears your cry. He won’t leave you in the slimy pit. He will show up in the most unexpected way and give you a firm place to stand.
None of us are immune to grief and hardship. The truth is we will all experience it at one point. In Susan B. Mead’s book Dance with Jesus: From Grief to Grace she invites us to join her on her triumphant journey of grace and healing. She doesn’t pretend that grieving is easy. Through her sweet and honest testimony she shows us that with God healing is possible. Before you know it, you too will be dancing with Jesus!
Be sure to check out my guest post on Susan’s blog today- Mourning to Dancing
Susan has a heart to help others find calm in the chaos of life.
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