When is the last time you danced? Dance is the act of spiritual truth, and it signifies joy and gladness of the heart! In ancient times happiness of the heart was attested not only by musical instruments and songs, but also by dances. Even very young children who can barely talk, read, or write can react to music by movement of their bodies and clapping their hands. In the bible there are many references to dance symbolizing victory, a promise from God, and celebration. It's an expression of our emotions and our spirituality once we let go of the fear that may be hiding it.
"Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body."- Martha Graham
For as long as I can remember my dad has always loved dancing. Where ever we were if there was music he was either clapping his hands, tapping his foot, or would break out in a two step! Anyone who knows me knows that I'm much like my dad when it comes to dancing and music. If I hear a beat or a song that I like it's hard to hold me back. I will skip dessert at a wedding because I'm too busy on the dance floor!
My dad was diagnosed with cancer when I was ten years old. He went through countless rounds of chemotherapy and radiation for many years. The cancer would leave and then return in a different form attacking different parts of his body. After over thirty years of fighting he was laid to rest this past February.
" Life may not be the party we hoped for....
but while we're here we may as well dance." - Jeanne C. Stein
When I think about my dad's journey the two most significant things that stand out are his strength and his joy. Through all of those years of battling he still continued to dance! His last birthday celebration was spent on the dance floor doing his favorite two step! Now in honor of my dad, I continue to dance through my tears and the pain of losing him and I picture him right there getting down with me!
I shared this with you today to encourage you to dance through whatever you may be going through. Release your happiness or your pain and dance, dance into your healing, dance into your victory or dance in praise for God's goodness and mercy!
You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy Psalm 30:11 NLT