Having a difficult day? Did you know that one of the most spiritual things you can do when you feel down is to dance?
God dances. And he dances when we are in the midst of difficulty. And it is us that he dances with. And he dances with intensity. Zephaniah 3:16 –17 paints a picture of this when it uses the Hebrew word “guwl” for the word “rejoice.” “Guwl” means “to spin about” or “dance violently.”
“On that day they will say to Jerusalem, ‘Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands hang limp. The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice (spin about and dance violently) over you with singing’” (NIV)
So if your circumstances bring you down, go out and dance. Let your body express your prayer for hope, love, and laughter. Don’t let your hands hang limp. And as you dance, imagine the Lord of the Dance spinning about and dancing violently as he sings his love song over you.
Yes, you may feel a little strange dancing when you don’t feel like it, especially if the Lord is your unseen partner. But who cares what people think. It was Angela Monet who said, “Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.”
The Hopi people have a saying: “To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak.” Let your heart speak.
Have you ever danced in the face of difficulties? How did that change you?
In Him together, Susan Gaddis
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I love the two quotes that you used!
There have been times when I could dance or worship in difficult times, and times when I couldn’t. I don’t know what makes the difference at different times . . .
Again, you have touched my heart with your message! Yes, to me dance is an expression of freedom. My passion is to someday dance before the Lord without inhibition – to not care if I have two left feet, but to be set free to worship Him with my whole being!
I have been known to practice this at my house :-). Especially when I’ve been under a lot of stress or when I’m struggling with depression. Except…I do a silly dance (picture something between Michael Jackson and jazzercise with a twist of ballet). My family usually finds this deeply disturbing as it’s obvious I must be in pain or having convulsions, but after a few moments who can help but not laugh? Sometimes it just serves to remind myself that I’m really just a silly kid and my Daddy is still in charge of the universe.
Thank you all for sharing your experiences. Donna, you speak for all of us when we find we cannot dance and don’t know why. Perhaps different situations require differnt kinds of dancing. I don’t know either.
Kathy, I agree-dancing is an expression of freedom for me too.
Mary, I would love to see that rendition of your disturbing, laughing dance. Blessings to you all.