How can that girl keep dancing that cold rain? We stare at her through our coffee shop window. She must be crazy. The rain pounds down and still, she dances on. She’s soaked, yet she’s smiling. Her hair drips, yet she looks happy. Why is she happy, when the storm is all around her is trying to tear her down? We sit back with our coffee, happy that it’s not us caught in the rain, but wondering why she’s enjoying the downpour.
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” – Anonymous
What does that quote mean? It has a nice ring to it and it’s very commonly used, but do we know what it truly means?
Let’s take the first bit: “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…”
Life isn’t about waiting for our troubles and problems to pass. Waiting will waste the time we do have.
“The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.”
Isaiah 25:4-5 “For You have been a strong-place for those who could not help themselves and for those in need because of much trouble. You have been a safe place from the storm and a shadow from the heat.”
Notice it doesn’t say he will calm the trouble, he says he will be a refuge. He will be our rock and our shelter. He is something substantial to hold onto when we are buffeted by life’s storms. There will always be storms.
“It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
It’s not about dwelling on your circumstances and yet it’s not ignoring them either. It’s looking the storms in the face and being able to keep dancing (more than keep going, but thriving).
Deuteronomy 31:8 “It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
Psalm 46:1 “God is our shelter and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.”
And with God, we have an amazing promise of him walking with us through our life’s storms. The image of someone dancing and smiling in the middle of a thunderstorm is powerful. The deep darkness, torrential rains, and the strong winds don’t seem to fit with their smiling face. Their happiness contrasts with the surrounding, making them standout powerfully from the background.
2 Corinthians 4:8-10 “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.”