Watch the next time someone gets in a pool or a hot tub – not in a creepy way, please. I’d bet about 8 out of every 10 people you see are going to slowly stick one or two feet in the water, and slowly get in. They’ll play this game until they get to about the waist. Once someone is waist deep, is when they usually end up going all in.
What am I talking about? Life. Getting wet. Dancing in the rain.
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
Dancing in the rain has always been used as a metaphor to encourage others to not wait for the trial or tribulation they are in to be over, but to embrace it and have fun through it, to push through during it, to embrace what’s happening.
The saying originating from the fact that when it’s sunny out, everybody’s happy and dancing around, but when it’s raining, and it’s dark and gloomy, moods begin to change everywhere. We don’t want our mood to change, but it happens.
So many times in life when the “rain comes”, when that trial or tribulation comes, when hard times are upon us, we (as society as a whole) want to crawl in a hole and die – many also happen to want to tell everyone on every social network that we are feeling that way.
I’ve noticed in my own personal life, and from watching others around me that have pushed through, that positives always abound from these trails and tribulations. We don’t see it while we’re in the trials, and while we’re mid-storm we tend to not anticipate the sunshine being so bright, but it always is.
In Romans 8:28, the Bible even proclaims this to be the case: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
It’s through trials and tribulations that we are truly shaped into who and what we are. It’s the hard times we endure that mold us into the person we are today and shape our character.
You’re going to have a frick of lot of storms in your life – like it or not. Whether you’re rich or poor, strong or weak, tall or short, white or black, I don’t care – you are going to go through storms, trails, and tribulations, I can promise you that.
But, rather than sitting back and waiting for the storm to be over, I strongly urge you to set a goal, try it, one time — embrace the next storm that comes your way.
I think, too, that sometimes we forget that God is in control of our lives, and that He is truly all that matters. I love the lyrics in Hillsong’s ‘Desert Song’ where it is sung: “All of my life, in every season, You are still God, I have a reason to sing, I have a reason to worship.”
With the peace of knowing that God is in complete control of your life, you should have, and I whole-heartily believe this, nothing to worry about. Worrying is like a rocking chair – it does absolutely nothing, but waste time. The next storm that comes your way, embrace it. Enjoy the process of becoming a better you.
Besides, if you really think the storm, the trial, the tribulation, the heartache, the problem is that big – most of the time (not always) simply looking around at how bad some people have it, and at how blessed you truly are, will already lighten the feeling of the weight on your shoulders.
Speaking of looking around, take a look at this quick video of Nick Vujicic. A man with no arms, no legs, and no worries. Be blessed and encouraged by this quick 4 minute, 33 second long video. It will make you smile.
So let’s go – Dance, Baby, Dance!