I Hope You Dance
Pastor Micah Pelkey
We all know the song “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack. (If you haven’t, listen here) In this song, there are many hopes. And, there are a ton of great lessons that we can take and use in our dances with Jesus. There are many things that will try to take us off life’s dance floor, but instead we must press on. We must stay focused on God.
I hope you never lose your sense of wonder. God is described as being wonderful. He’s even called “Wonderful Counselor” [Isaiah 9:6]. God is wonderful – big and mighty and loving and kind and forgiving. How amazing He is. Let us always be in awe of Him.
Don’t let some hell-bent heart leave you bitter. Bitterness is a slow burning type of sin. It sneaks in and creeps up on you. Often, it starts small and inconsequential until, before you know it, it’s defining you and your outlook on the world. Bitterness will rewrite history and will betray us. Bitterness is blinding, and we should never give it the opportunity to dictate our lives or to give advice.
When bitterness settles in, we feel the need to uproot. From our church, from our families, from our communities. All the time, people move and change. We think this displacement only affects us or our families. But the truth is that it affects those around us. We are like trees with roots, and when we move out of bitterness and offense, when we uproot ourselves, others feel the shift.
We are taught through Jesus’ teachings that we have to give all bitterness – not just a little bit of it, all of it – to God, or it will poison our fruits. Instead of choosing to be bitter about closed doors or offenses, instead of taking off our dancing shoes and uprooting ourselves, we have to choose to stay on the dance floor with Jesus.
We were not meant to become almosts. We were not meant to be another statistic of a person that let bitterness dictate our lives. We were meant to be love and spread love and chase love. We were meant to sing and worship and dance.
“Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance. And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance”.