Wailing Into Dancing

Wailing:DancingPs 30 v 11-12

“Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me; Lord, be my helper! You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; 
You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, to the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. 
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.” Psalm 30:10-13 (NKJV)

For His anger is but for a moment, 
His favor is for life; 
Weeping may endure for a night, 
But joy comes in the morning.”  Psalm 30:5 (NKJV) 

“You number my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle; 
are they not in Your book?”  Psalm 56:8 (NKJV)

When you are in the midst of a trial or storm, it is hard to imagine yourself singing praises. It takes great effort, energy, and concentration to merely wake up, take another step, or even speak when trouble knocks on your door. Sleep may be all you desire, but even there you can’t escape sorrow or tribulation.  Reality has a way of finding a way into slumber through dreams or nightmares.

When my brother died, I had many horrible dreams.  None of them were comforting. All I wanted was to hear him say that he was okay and feel one last hug goodbye. This never happened. I would cry to the point where I thought my reservoir of tears was completely depleted. Surprisingly, there was an endless supply.

My grief felt like I was in the ocean. One moment I would be drowning in a sea of despair and then suddenly I’d get tossed to the beach. On dry land, I would have a few moments of rest but high tide would once again drag me into the sea. Pulled down and under, my tears would once again flow.

How then do we recover from depression and despair? It is only by accepting the helping hand of God that we escape our great sorrows?  Yes! It is only when we consent and receive His unconditional love, releasing all of our cares to Him, that we find complete peace. In our submission to His love for us, we accept that He has a higher plan that included our tragedy or the tribulation that caused us such pain.  The need for understanding must side step to let faith lead.

Turning our wailing and sorrows into joy and dancing will happen with passing seasons. By allowing some time to pass, we can eventually look behind us and thank God for the precious moments, days, and years we were given with the one we loved. Faith will then permit us to accept and find comfort in knowing that all things work together for those who love Him….. according to HIS PURPOSE. (Ro. 8:28) 

Loss, be it the death of somebody we held dear, deteriorating health, lost dreams, or some divine interruption…. Will include pain.  Our attitude and faith is what allows us to turn our trials and wailing into praise and dancing.

God rescues His children from pits filled with vipers, caves, cisterns, and sinking ships in the middle of an ocean. Sorrow is only for a moment and joy WILL come in the morning.  Since we are called to praise Him at ALL times, even when our hearts are breaking, a hushed and barely audible “thank you” is considered a sacrifice of praise…. very pleasing one to the Father.

May the grace of our God be with you today. As He has turned my wailings into dancing, I pray you find yourself in the same place I now stand….. in wonder and in awe of His healing power.

“Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy.”  John 16:20 (NKJV)

“Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old, together; for I will turn their mourning to joy, 
will comfort them, 
and make them rejoice rather than sorrow.” Jeremiah 31:13 (NKJV)

*Special thanks to Becky Capps from Trust Him Always for creating this special image for me.