Life's Storms

Dancing in the Rain

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass … It’s about learning to dance in the rain – Vivian Greene

It’s inevitable. Storms will come and go in our lives. Some may be gentle rain showers that fall quickly, while others may be fierce hurricanes that stall over our lives producing flood waters that rise until our hearts feel like they’re drowning — leaving us feeling defeated and completely exhausted.

But, what if we could learn to dance in the rain? Would that make a difference? Instead of complaining about our storm, what if we found one positive thing we were gaining because of it — one thing that was making us stronger, wiser, better?

The “cancer” storm blew into my mother’s life quite unexpectedly. One day the sky was blue and the sun was shining, and the next, dark storm clouds covered my heart. In less than a month after receiving the news that my mother had cancer, she passed away. During those stormy days, I watched and learned, as my mother danced in the rain. I couldn’t help but notice how her heart was completely in tune with God’s will for her life. She knew she was dying, yet she trusted Him fully. Her heart was filled with peace. She sang hymns in her room until she no longer could. While in the hospital, she couldn’t resist telling every doctor and nurse that crossed her path she was going to be seeing Jesus face-to-face soon.

She danced with such beauty and grace through her cancer storm because she embraced what was beyond the storm — Heaven.

Those last days with my mom were some of the most precious days I had ever spent with her. What a blessing to be able to learn some of my best dance steps from her and to be by her side when Jesus ushered her into heaven.

I’ve been inspired. I keep my dancing shoes nearby because I never know when the storm clouds might blow in again, and it’ll start raining —

I want to dance through life’s storms until He calls me home —

What about you?

“He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves.” Psalm 107:29

With my whole heart,

Diane

 

 

2 Comments

  • Teri

    Beautiful post.
    At times I’ve almost drowned through the storms of life…other times I’ve danced through them. Dancing, no matter how awkward it may feel during the storm, is always better 🙂

    • dlward6030

      I love how you said that, Teri. Dancing in any kind of storm does seem awkward, doesn’t it? And yet there’s something refreshing to the soul when we try to do it anyway. Thanks for taking the time to comment and for adding more perspective to this thought.

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