Dancing In The Presence Of Pain


Today, my friend shared something with me she saw on her way home from church. The picture still vividly sticks in my mind.
She was passing a park. The leaves were brightly yellow, orange, and golden. A little girl in a pink tutu was playing in the sunshine and running in the grass. Her mother watched from the sidewalk – in a wheelchair.

I told my youngest daughter (8) about it. She immediately pulled out the crayons and started to draw. She knows a thing or two about what it means to dance in the presence of pain. In three weeks she, along with her two siblings, will be adopted into our family.
While some things make us dance, even more circumstances draw us to the sidelines. Only God can give the joy and peace that passes all understanding, despite the darkest problems.
Jesus Christ came to shine His Light into our darkness. We can trust Him and start dancing, even in the presence of pain.

“Father, help us to dance today.
We have many things that try to keep our eyes away from the Truth
that Jesus overcame the world and the darkness.
Help us to keep shining Your Light and point others to YOU.
Teach our hearts to seek and find the joy of knowing You.”
This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


4 responses to “Dancing In The Presence Of Pain”

  1. Thank you for this encouragement, Heidi: “We can trust Him and start dancing, even in the presence of pain.” Words worth remembering, since self-pity is an ineffective spiritual analgesic. Praise, positivity, and gratitude, on the other hand, create a powerful uplift in our souls. With you I pray that God will teach me more about seeking him and finding the joy of knowing him.


  2. Awww… so beautiful!! What a blessing and an inspiration to know you are adopting those three children!


  3. Heidi, please tell your daughter I like her picture. It is very thoughtfully done and made me feel cozy.
    Blessings on your growing family ~ Wendy


  4. Thank you for your words of encouragement to keep my focus on Him despite the pain I am feeling right now. Beautiful words.


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