“Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent.” (Psalms 30: 11-12)
We may find at times that we are mourning a loss or grieving over our lives and what we feel may be missing in them today. It may seem difficult to lay off that sackcloth, that dark and depressed state of thought and the apathy and discouragement that would want to keep us from joy and energy and freedom.
But God can do it. He is able to turn our sadness into more than mere resignation or moderate movement. God is able to call us forward into dancing. He can make us recognize that our time is now; that all that would have put us into that closed off cocoon of self-doubt, fear, and disappointment, is ready to be left behind by the butterfly of renewal and color and life that we are truly made to be.
We may not always be able to lift ourselves up to be happy and full of enthusiasm. But our divine Life is always with us and in us at these times. God is at the ready for us to release ourselves to that call to joy that burns faintly but steadily within us, waiting to be reignited. God absolutely requires that we express Him; that we praise Him through our grand and glorious lives. He can and will show us how to sing from our hearts.
The trials may seem like the death of us, but they are simply a rebirth in the making. They are times to give up the human limits and control for the divine intention; to let God remake us not only with a new sense of life and its possibilities, but with a recognition, through those very trials, of why we are truly blessed and why our Life and God’s Love are worthy of our song of grateful joy!
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