I remember growing up, hearing a song by the Beatles called “Turn, Turn,Turn” I loved it! I always thought that no matter how bad things got eventually they would get better, that’s what the song said! As I got older I remember hearing a scripture reading of Ecclesiastes 3 in church; this chapter said everything the song did and it floored me (of course it was explained to me the song was based on this scripture.) There was one verse that would stay in my mind and that was “A time to mourn and a time to dance!”
As huge times of sadness entered my life from death of loved ones, major life problems etc. this verse became ingrained in my heart. I knew God’s promise of no matter how much I cried, grieved etc. I would get to a point in life where I would be able to dance with joy! I began to live in this promise, to hold onto it! This verse to me said that there would be a time to mourn and then that time would be done; and when it was, a time to dance would take its place!
Now for the past couple of years since my son’s Epilepsy diagnosis; people have prayed for him asking for complete healing of this condition, prayers so strong they made you feel chill bumps! I came to see this time as our “mourning” waiting for the healing which would bring a time of “dancing”.
The other day a quote came my way:
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain! – Vivian Greene
It was at that moment the old dance teacher in me was revived and I had to say to myself wow what perspective! Dance is an art form, it is in this that the human movement is seen as the medium! This human movement is used as the medium to convey senses, understanding, and communicating of ideas, feelings, and experiences. It is believed that dancing helps develop communication abilities, problem solving and critical thinking skills.
So when I saw this quote and thought about my son’s Epilepsy; which the doctors referred to as “electrical storms”… I realized sometimes in life there will be storms that we won’t be able to stop and those that may never cease! In that case it’s not about waiting for them to pass but it’s learning a new form and way of understanding, a new way of communicating your ideas, feelings and experiences. It is in this new form that we will develop the ability to communicate in the storm, a new way to problem solve in the storm and we will see our critical thinking skills change to guide us in the midst of the storms…that is where we will begin to dance!
What I realize is that I would love for there to be a time of “mourning” that ends and the beginning of the time of “dancing”, but what I also now know is that; no, life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; Life is indeed about learning to do things differently! To free yourself from what was and freely move in excitement and expectation to what will be!
We may be surprised because sometimes the storm seems so bad from inside the house but when we step out we learn the rain was the lightest most refreshing thing that touched us! After all, there first must be a storm to receive the rainbow.
So maybe we all need to learn to no longer wait for the storms to pass, but learn to move through them, to dance, be free and to live!