Our theme for this month: “You Gotta Keep Dancing”
Our Bible verse for today: “Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me; O Lord, be my help. You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.” Psalm 30:10-12 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Get it out of your system and then get on with life.”
I guess the thing that impressed me the most during my visit with Bill was the radical change in his attitude. He was a man I knew more than twenty-five years ago. He served as a leader in the church where I was serving as a part-time staff member. Bill was in his early forties at that time and he had just had a massive heart attack followed by extensive open-heart surgery.
At first, after he regained consciousness and began to realize the extent to which his life had just changed, he was depressed. Everything about his life was going to be different now. He was going to have to make major changes in his lifestyle, in his job, and in many of his other activities. So Bill did the same thing King David did when he was faced with seemingly tragic circumstances, he cried out to God. He “cried” to God. He wailed. He got depressed. He engaged in a little bit of self-pity. And then he got over it.
Both Bill’s and David’s initial reaction to their circumstances were perfectly natural, and perfectly okay. Life-altering events like that should upset us, and it’s natural to mourn and cry. That’s okay – as long as you don’t remain in that pit of despondency. Get it out of your system, have a good cry, complain about it and even shake your fist at God for a moment – then get over it. Don’t give-in to the “poor, poor pitiful me” syndrome. Don’t be a victim.
Bill and David both got it out of their systems. And neither of them became a victim. As we read in Psalm 30:10-12, David gave the situation to the Lord and the Lord turned his wailing into dancing. In other words God gave David a new perspective about his situation. The same thing happened with Bill. For a few days he allowed himself to mope and moan but then he shook it off, embraced the new reality, and trusted God to help him live well in whatever his new circumstances were to be.
By the way, both David and Bill were fine. David got beyond his difficult circumstances and he went on to have many years as the most successful king the nation of Israel ever had. My friend Bill has done well too. He recovered from the surgery, he adopted a new and healthier lifestyle, and almost thirty years later he is still going strong.
If you’re faced with unexpected and perhaps even tragic circumstances go ahead and weep and wail a bit. You can be upset and even a little depressed. Take it to God and yell a little if it makes you feel better. Get it out of your system, but then get on with life. If you let Him, God will turn your wailing into dancing.