August 19, 2013

The Dance

When my daughter was four or five years old, we were at a restaurant that had a live band. I looked up and there she was dancing right next to the band all by herself. She was spinning around with a huge smile on her face. I’ve always remembered that picture of pure joy. She couldn’t care less about what anyone thought about her. It was an image of pure joy that I’ll never be able to get out of my heart, and I thought, “That’s really what the divine dance is all about.” It’s not done for approval or the audience. It’s done out of a reckless abandonment to pure joy that comes straight from the heart. It can take place on sunny or cloudy days, dark or rainy days because it is not dependent at all on circumstances. It’s about the gifts that money can’t buy – gifts like unwavering passion for life in the middle of problems. Gifts like unfettered joy regardless of the circumstances. Divine dancing is a gift from God that He places within our hearts. The dance of passion is a key ingredient that changes everything in our lives.

“You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my Sackcloth and clothed me with joy.” Psalm 30:11