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  • Sylvia A. Howard

Dancing with God

The last few weeks I’ve spoken to several women who are experiencing pain. Deep pain caused by rejection. Rejection of who you are, what you thought you were, and who you wanted to be. Oh, I’ve been there.

You see, our hearts weren’t made for rejection. God created us to be unconditionally loved. Loved to our core despite our looks, age, race, social status, failures, achievements, marriage status, etc., etc. This is how it was in the beginning but then, sin stepped in.

The author of sin stepped in to deceive us into thinking we aren’t worthy, we aren’t lovable, we are less. He uses broken relationships, discontentment, comparison, betrayal, and anything else he can use to break our hearts and make us feel rejected. This is his full-time job so it’s no wonder our hearts get broken.

But we know that God is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in love and faithfulness (Psalm 86:15). When we surrender our broken hearts to the only One who can mend them, His unconditional love seals and heals us. He takes the broken pieces and carefully puts them back together again. He wants to love our pain away, if we will trust Him, spend time with Him, and let His love settle in like rain on dry ground.

I know when I experience great pain, I have good days and bad days. Days when I when I feel like, “I’m over this” and days when I don’t know if I can go on. Healing is a process. Sometimes I have to repeat this to myself more than once. Healing is a process. It takes time.

Then one day, just as the Psalmist proclaimed in Psalm 30:11, the clouds will part. The Psalmist proclaimed, “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.” I think he knew something about pain. He knew that pain doesn’t have to last. It was meant to be temporary. So sweet sister, I encourage you to meet with Jesus. Cry…but only for a little while and allow God’s perfect love to cover you. Then, when it’s time, wipe those tears away and dance with gladness!

Tissues are disposable.

Dance shoes are durable.

Get your shoes on and dance!

Much love,


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