He Turns My Mourning Into Dancing

"You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness." Psalm 30:11

It’s my first day back to my quiet place since late spring. For me, summer at the beach is simply a place to be avoided. It’s crowded and noisy, nothing like a prayer closet. But today the ocean looks like glass reflecting the sun. Gentle waves lap the shore - simply beautiful. At this time of day the shoreline is dotted with just a runner here and there, not many people at all.

I find a spot for my chair and just sit for a moment. I breathe in the salty air, look out onto the horizon and close my eyes, thanking God I made it to the beach today. It is here that I can bow my heart in surrender, where I can read God’s word without distractions; pray for others and let the Spirit of God minister to my thirsty spirit. For the span of a couple of hours I can give my Lord unbroken attention. I can allow myself the privilege of feeling all the Lord has for me and, if I cry for whatever reason, I don’t have to explain myself. I can cry tears of sorrow or grief, cleansing tears of confession and then tears of joy because I know that my Redeemer loves me and I love Him.

Today I rolled up my pants and walked on the shore for awhile. I was listening to music through my head phones and the overwhelming urge to dance made me smile. I looked around and saw I was alone so I shrugged and I did it! I lifted my hands in praise and just danced a dance of thanksgiving. I twirled and moved to the music of the waves and Mercy Me.

Today I danced for the Lord. It is with that same abandon that I want to worship Him and celebrate this Christmas Season.

"That my glory may sing Your praise and not be silent O LORD my God; I will give thanks to You forever!" Psalm 30:12

by Eve Montano