Nothing profound today. Just some buzzings in this ol’ noggin. There’s a lot of heartache going around, so I wanted to encourage all of you, in case your encouragement tank is leaking.
One of my favorite songs is “Dancing in the Dark.” I love the version sung by Diana Krall. (You can give it a listen here, if you like.)
As I write this, I’m going through the link list of some of my favorite songs I’ve saved in a Word file. I made the list so I can click on them to play on Youtube. As I searched for Diana Krall’s link in the list, I had to giggle as these titles came up:
*”Let’s Face the Music and Dance” by Diana Krall
*”Dance to the Music” by Sly and the Family Stone
*”You Should Be Dancing” by the BeeGees from Saturday Night Fever
*”Got to Give it Up (Keep on Dancin’)” by Marvin Gaye
*”You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” by Leo Sayer
I had to listen to all of them, for pure enjoyment. Sometimes, a body just needs a little pepping up with some fun music. So does the soul. Can’t keep my feet still! I used to love to dance. Ahh, those were the days!
I know you’ve seen the following poem. The ordering of the lines varies, and, occasionally, other statements are inserted. The original author is disputable and attributed to a variety of people, including Mark Twain, Satchel Paige, and William Purkey. It goes like this…
Sing like no one is listening.
Love like you’ve never been hurt.
Dance like no one’s watching,
and live like it’s heaven on earth.
No matter what evil, world events frighten you, no matter what life-storms sadden you, you can face the discordant music of life together with the Lord.
To soothe your jangled soul, you may want to listen to this beautiful music by Richard Maddock, called “Sunlight Dancing,” from his album As Creation Unfolds, Part 3. If you ever felt like worshiping the Lord with dancing, listen to this song. I found Richard on Twitter. He’s here @BalletMuzik if you’d like to follow him. And here’s his site.
In your darkest hours, remember the Lord…
He is your help!
He is your light!
He is your comfort!
He is your strength!
He is your guidance!
He is your joy!
So, what if we take the song titles from the beginning and put them together like this…
Borrowing from the titles, let’s face the music and dance. Go ahead, dance to the music. You should be dancing. So, you got to give it up, and keep on dancin’. Tell the Lord, “‘You make me feel like dancing! I will always be dancing in the dark with You!”
Sometimes, you just have to “dance like no one’s watching,” and dance in the dark.
“You did it: You turned my deepest pains into joyful dancing;
You stripped off my dark clothing and covered me with joyful light.
You have restored my honor. My heart is ready to explode, erupt in new songs!
It’s impossible to keep quiet!
Eternal One, my God, my Life-Giver, I will thank You forever.”
(Ps. 30:11-12 Voice)