Wednesday, July 6, 2011

To Endure, or to Dance...

I've kept up with my reading...

but not with my writing.

We are just starting 1 Chronicles. 

But I also read a verse recently from Proverbs:
"The Spirit of a man can endure his sickness, but a broken spirit who can bear?"
Prov. 18:14

I also came across this verse,

"And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us."
Rom. 5:3-5

My body is weak.  I am not sure why.  It is harder to push through the pain these days.  I find myself looking more and more to HIM for help.

In the Romans verse, HE asks me to exult in my tribulation.

 I looked up the Merriam-Webster :  from Latin exsultare, literally, to leap up, from
 ex- + saltare.. to leap...: to be extremely joyful : rejoice

Looked up rejoice...and then glory...
a : praise, honor, or distinction extended by common consent : renown b : worshipful praise, honor, and thanksgiving <giving glory to God>
I should be thankful for the tribulation.  
It is His way to build within my heart and soul...proven character.
I am having a hard time expressing myself here.
For some reason in my mind it is clearer to me today.  I am not called to endure the suffering, I am called to exalt in the suffering.  To rejoice for it, to praise God in the midst of it, to thank Him for glory in it!
To leap!  To jump dance...
To dance for joy in my tribulations.
I love to dance.
When I dance, my body and soul feel alive.  Energy pulses through every inch of my being....
Didn't I just say I felt...weak?
Too weak to push through the pain?
God is whispering to me. 
 He is telling me to... dance.
To give glory for the weakness and the pain and rejoice in my sufferings for He is at work and is able to do more than I could ever Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us. Eph. 3:20.
Why am I so quiet about the suffering?
Let us worshipfully dance through the suffering...
"The Spirit of a man can endure his sickness..."
He may endure.  Or he may leap for joy...

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for these words. I have been struggling since Easter with pain in my hip and lower back with tingling, numbness and weakness in my left leg. I really needed to hear this encouragement today.
    Bless you sweet friend.


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