There is a famous inspirational quote by Vivian Greene that says “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” This phrase has been painted on houses’ walls. It has been quoted in various books. It has been used in many speeches. It has been put on postcards and it has been placed on pictures. But what does this saying actually mean. Cause it’s very easy to say this phrase and it’s very easy to be motivated by this quote, but it’s another thing to live it out. Don’t get me wrong this quote is very awe inspiring but when the storm comes you’re going to need a heck of a lot more than an inspirational saying to get you through.
If we were honest with each other, I think we would all admit that the last thing any of us want to do when we are in the middle of a storm in our lives is to dance. It’s only human nature when we see those storm clouds rolling in to want to curl up in the fetal position. So how do we get the motivation to dance through our storm instead of the storm devastating our lives? Here are a few things that help me dance when I would otherwise stumble and fall.
1) The storm will not last forever.
My dad would always tell me whenever I was experiencing a rough patch in life “Son, this too will pass.” In other words, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Every storm in life always came to an end. No storm lasts forever. The Apostle Paul said it like this in his letter to the people in Rome “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. (Romans 8:18 NIV) In other words, the storm that you’re currently in pails in comparison to the sunshine that lies ahead.
2) You’re going to make it through.
Jesus promises us that we will make it to the other side. The hard part about grasping this promise is that He doesn’t explain to us how we are going to get to the other side, He doesn’t tells us when we are going to get to the other side, and He doesn’t promise that we won’t experience some turbulence along the way. But what Jesus does promise us makes all the difference in the world. I don’t know about you, but if I know that I’m going to make it through the storm before the storm even comes, it’s a whole lot easier to dance in the rain. If I know that no matter what I’m going to make it to the other side, it doesn’t make a difference who or what stands in my way, I can have confidence to push through. When you already know the end result, it’s hard not to dance your way through the storm.
3) You’re not alone.
We might not have been promised that we will never come across a storm in our lives, but we are promised that we will never have to go through it alone. Jesus promised that He will never leave us and that He will be with us always. (See Deuteronomy 31:8 and Matthew 28:20) We don’t have to face the storm alone. Even when we fall, Jesus will pick us back up. He will be right with us every step of the way. He will even carry us if we can no longer stand on our own.
When you know the storm is only temporary, you’re going to make it to the other side, and you’re not in this alone; it’s hard not to dance in the rain. My feet are getting excited right now writing this post and I think yours are too reading this. I hope this post not only encourages you, but I pray that it compels you to dance through your storm.