“Life is not waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
– Vivian Greene
Our ten-year-old Lhasa Apso, Chrissy, does not like to go outside in any weather other than pure sunshine. We live in Southern California, for goodness sake, where the weather is almost near perfect a large percentage of the time. But, if it is windy, rainy, or just a little too cold, she will simply stand at the door and refuse to go out. If made to journey outside, she will then stay close to the door, visibly shaking, and present us with an altogether pitiful sight to behold. We have all taken our turns venturing out into the rain, holding an umbrella, walking and dancing and coaxing, in an effort to show her that she, too, will survive. (How I wish I had captured some of those Kodak moments!) Still, she does not believe it.
How much of that little Lhasa Apso dog lives in us? In the course of our lives, we live through many storms, we get wet, we dry off, and we come out no worse for the wear. But do we live like we know that? Or, rather, do we shrink back from every little cloudburst, fearful of some discomfort we might have to suffer, and refusing to believe that we actually will survive this one too?
During this short lived rainy season we have in California, there hopefully will be days of much needed rain. Perhaps this calls for a little step out into the actual rain to give us a tangible hold on what it is like to step out into the “rainy” seasons of our life. Contrary to what we might think, or have been told – we will not melt, shrink, or get sick. It actually might be exhilarating, it might change our attitude and we might see blessings in a new way. Maybe, just maybe, we might break out into a little two-step, or a waltz or free style dance.
Capture the very end of Fabulous Fearless February – there is no better time to learn to dance!
“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the One who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6