Rain Dance

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain” --Vivian Green. 

Two weeks ago, I was fired from my job. Two days ago, I got the email saying I wasn’t chosen for the dream job I’ve wanted for years. Today, I am standing on the beach with my feet sinking in the wet sand while the waves crash against my body. The ocean is so huge and mighty and scary; I can’t help but think about how powerful the waves are. Then I remember a worship song, “As Your love, in wave after wave, crashes over me!” God’s love is huge and mighty and scary- just like these waves. I feel small and insignificant and yet at the same time I feel honored that the God who makes these waves chose to love ME.

There's a popular quote out there, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” I normally hate these cliché sayings, but this one stood out to me recently. I was on an impromptu road trip out to Arizona with a few of the youth leaders I work with at church. I needed this day so badly. I felt like things in my life were falling apart, or just simply not falling together like I had hoped. I felt out of control.

On our way home, in the middle of the desert, it started to pour down rain. We pulled over and stopped to watch the lighting crack across the sky. The next thing I know, we were all out of the truck, taking in this moment together, completely soaked to the bone. You could feel the thunder claps booming deep in your chest. The rain was heavy. The wind was strong. The smell of the desert storm was heavenly. I stood there with my arms out and my eyes closed and let this crazy storm take over me. It was the most freeing feeling I have had in a long time. My life may have felt like a storm then, but I was able to finally let go and “dance in the rain.” God so wants us to dance in the rain. He wants us to take the crazy things, the storms, and see his beauty, his majesty, his grandeur in all of them. 

Thank you, God, for the chance to feel you surround me in this storm. Help me to remember how to dance and enjoy the craziness of life.