There are many reasons why people dance. It’s a personal preference. Some dance to entertain, to express their emotions, or for the pure enjoyment it brings to move our body.
My love of dance turned into a teaching career. For thirty-two years my staff and I held an annual recital to highlight what the students learned. Sometimes we used a fog machine to intensify a particular scene or dance, though it’s challenging for dancers to maneuver through the fog to find their next position. Many things are happening to change how we live in our world today: the constant changing COVID-19 pandemic, financial burdens, loneliness, and fear of the unknown. Some of us find we have entered into a dense fog in our new life’s circumstances. We don’t know what position to take next, but God does. He promised in His Word that He would direct our steps.
When Christians walk in the unknown we carry supernatural hope because we know the One who delivers hope. As we walk closer and closer with Christ, He gives us His confidence. We trust in His perfect plan for our lives. Hope is the Christian message, but the method we share changes day-to-day.
For instance, last month, one of my former students, Hollie, and I took a walk after lunch. We were talking about our church experiences when she asked, “How old were you when you receive Christ?”
I cleared my throat. “Which time?”
Hollie furrowed her brow.
“It all started when I attended a kid’s Bible camp. I didn’t understand the words they used to explain sin and repent. I just did what I thought they wanted me to do.”
“What did they tell you to do?”
“They told me to repeat a prayer and receive Jesus. A few months later, I stopped thinking about God and Jesus. It took me forty years to realize I was dancing to the wrong music. I would find joy briefly after I purchased a new car or took a vacation, but the things that promised me joy didn’t deliver. I could never find the one thing that satisfied me. It was like a hole in my heart that I couldn’t fill.”
“Then what happened?” Hollie leaned in closer.
“Fifteen years ago, I turned around and decided to follow Jesus. This time, when I asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior, I knew what I was doing. The void in my heart vanished when I asked for forgiveness. He replaced the emptiness with His love. Since then, then there is new hope in each day, even in the storms of life. God’s grace is sufficient for me every moment of every day.”
Hollie touched my arm. “I know because I experienced that same kind of hope when Jesus became my Lord.”
God can help us see beyond our circumstances. Whatever happens, He assures us we will have a bright tomorrow. Allow Christ to cast out those negative thoughts of tomorrow with day-to-day blessings. His desire is for us to know Him. Hope is born when we trust Christ. Let’s not be oppressed under a weighty fog but keep our focus on Him and dance through uncertain times together.
Personal stories are powerful. What’s your story?