Dance Out Of Uncertain Times

on April 7, 2020

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?

17 thoughts on “Dance Out Of Uncertain Times”

  1. Diane Clark says:

    I, too, recommitted my life to the Lord nearly 37 years ago when going through a second divorce. I had a dynamic Christian friend, Debbie, who showed me what it was like to make Him Lord of your life! She introduced me to Christian concerts, Christian singles, Christian friends…and my life has been forever changed!
    2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV says “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
    What freedom and peace He brings. He is a trusted friend. He is my guiding force, not my spare tire when all else fails… I traded in the bar scene for church groups, activities, and volunteerism. He brought me a Christian husband 27 years ago who is my Mr. Wonderful (most of the time–LOL!). We enjoy teaching Sunday School together as well as tutoring after school 1st-3rd graders for over 15 years in retirement. We just made a MAJOR move, with God’s help, from Ohio to Coastal Alabama where we are full time residents rather than Snowbirds for 5 months each year. How is God changing your life? HE IS ABLE!

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Yes, God is more than able, especially in difficult situations. Thanks for your heartwarming story.

  2. Marieta Kerley says:

    Thank you Linda for your stories, They are always uplifting and encouraging!

    Marieta

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      What a gift you are to me. Bless you, Marieta.

  3. Brenda C says:

    We thank God for his promise to direct our steps; leading us in His dance! Blessings to you.

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      I’m thankful for our new friendship, Brenda. Your help with this article shows your commitment toward another.

  4. Nancy says:

    Well put Linda, well put! To God be the glory! Praying for you my friend! Love you!

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Love you back!

  5. Kimberley Edgerton says:

    Beautiful as always my friend🙂🙏🏻

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Thank you, precious friend.

  6. Teena Bledsoe says:

    God bless your day as you have blessed mine!
    ❤️Teena

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Teena, I’m so happy you stopped in and took the time to make a comment.

  7. Linda, your story is the story of many born again Christian, however, your ability to write brings hope because it is never too late to declare Jesus as our Lord and Savior. I remember feeling really discouraged because I came to know Christ at 47 years of age. At the beginning of my journey, I thought I had waisted most of my life dancing to the wrong notes too. – BUT God is the Jehova Gamola, the Lord of recompense, and now I live in the peace that surpasses all understanding. Thank you for sharing this beautiful testimony!!!

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      You’re right, Eglaide. It’s never too late. His mercy is endless.

  8. Thank you, Linda, for sharing. I, too, prayed a prayer because I thought it was the right thing to do. I was 10 years old. Later, at 19, I came face-to-face with my lostness and Christ’s remedy for it. PTL!

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Thanks for sharing your story, Jean.

  9. Andrea Green says:

    Well written Sis <3

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