Mourning into Dancing
You took off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness” Psalm 30:12
I got dumped at Christmas. Yes, you read that right. I got dumped at Christmas. Between Christmas 2013 and New Year’s 2014, I was suddenly single again and in a state of complete shock.
It was a terrible way to start a year but even then, in a state of sadness, confusion and heartache, I knew that my Jesus would make a bleak start to a year into something glorious. I knew my Jesus would turn my mourning into dancing.
I knew that because Jesus makes all things new. Our Savior triumphed over a bleak Friday afternoon where he was stripped naked, scourged, mocked, insulted, abandoned by many of his closest friends and crucified. He transformed agony, humiliation, misery and death into an incredible resurrection and became a gateway to heaven for all who love him. For the past two thousand years and into eternity, he will be continuously praised and glorified for his great victory over death and sin. His mourning became dancing, not just for himself but for countless others.
Because of him, we have no reason to dwell in misery. He will change our sorrows into joy…if we only choose to turn to him.
Knowing the security of the divine lover of my soul:
After the end of a relationship I thought would last forever, I relied more heavily on Christ, the one man who would never leave me. I used my free time to read Scripture. I somehow stumbled onto Whole Magazine on Facebook and began receiving daily inspiration from incredible women. I clung to him like never before and came to know him as the only person I should trust in completely; the only person who is infallible and unfailing in his devotion to me. My heart now sings the song of Psalm 16: 8-11:
“I keep the Lord always before me;
With the Lord at my right, I shall never be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad, my soul rejoices;
My body also dwells secure,
For you will not abandon me to Sheol,
Nor let your faithful servant see the pit.
You will show me the path to life;
Abounding joy in your presence,
The delights at your right hand forever”
He turned my mourning into dancing.
Diving deeper into “Pure and Undefiled Religion” to share his joy with others
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: To care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world” (James 1:27)
Without a boyfriend, I had more free time than before so I choose to double my volunteer efforts at the children’s home that had captured my heart. Rather than volunteer one afternoon a week, I decided to visit the home twice a week. I helped to arrange fun outings for all the kids and volunteers. Between helping with homework, practicing letters and numbers, playing with puzzles and coloring books, singing songs praising God, parting arguments and giving out kisses and hugs to precious orphans, I got lots of love, kisses and hugs in return and I can honestly say that I have found more joy than I have ever known.
He turned my mourning into dancing…and enabled me to share his joy with others.
He makes all things new
“Behold, God’s dwelling is with the human race. He will dwell with them and they will be his people and God himself will always be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, for the old order has passed away. The one who sat on the throne said “Behold, I make all things new.” Then he said “Write these words down, for they are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:4-5
Ladies, no matter what you are going through, Jesus is here to turn your mourning into dancing. Whatever has caused you grief is nothing compared to the unfathomable power of our Savior to transform your pain into joy.
Whether the source of your heartache is betrayal, abuse, illness, abandonment, loneliness, unemployment or financial struggles, Jesus cannot only heal your heart but make you happier than ever and give you opportunities to bring his joy to others.
Turn to him right now. Come to know him through prayer and scripture. Turn away from your sins and obey his every command. Ask him how he wants you to serve him. Seek ways to bring love, hope and joy to others. As you can read in Revelation 21, he assures us that he will wipe away all of our tears, heartache and pain and make all things new.
To get started on this journey to healing and get ready to put on your dancing shoes, I invite you to pray as follows:
Dear Jesus, you know my heart and you know the cause of my sufferings. You understand the pain I feel and you have deep compassion for me. I believe that you are here for me and you want to heal me and turn my life around. I believe that you will turn my mourning into dancing.
Jesus, teach my heart to trust in you completely and come to know you as my Rock. Help me to use this time of mourning to draw closer to you and experience the transformation of my heart.
Jesus, I praise you for the power of your love. I know that you will wipe away my tears and give me joy and peace that I can share with others. Show me how you want me to serve you and give me opportunities to bring hope and consolation to those less fortunate.
Jesus, I place my heart into your hands. I am forever yours.