Dance in the Rain.
We went to visit our family in Mexico over the summer, and on a beautiful and sunny day we decided to go visit the local zoo. We got there and started to walk, just when we were half way through the sky turned gray and started to rain. It was raining so hard it felt like the sky was falling. My girls were completely scared with the amount of cold water falling on their shoulders. We ran and hid under the closest tree, but the time passed by and the rain didn’t seem to want to stop any time soon. Our only option was to brave the storm and run through the rain to get to our car. There we would be safe. We started to run. I was holding my 3 year old who was crying in fear while my 9 year old ran next to me. My arms were tired. I didn’t have any strength left. We were stopping under a few trees but I knew we couldn’t stay there for long. There I got an idea. What if we play a game and race to the car and see how many puddles we can step on. Their eyes lit up in excitement. From that moment on running in the rain was fun and exciting. We got to our car and we were happy, laughing and smiling.
I feel like this experience is very similar to my Ministry.
My husband and I are church planters in the beautiful city of Las Vegas…who said planting a church was easy? Sometimes it feels like the rain is never going to stop. It is hard work, high expectations, and big disappointments. It seems like some things take longer than they should. My house is in a constant state of chaos and my schedule is just plain crazy!
Sometimes I feel like I am just going through the motions when I try to keep everything from falling apart. I feel especially stressed out on those days when I find myself doing laundry at midnight and having more appointments than I can count. My heart feels heavy and I don’t like feeling overwhelmed because I know there’s so much more to do still.
I love the phrase:
“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
Do you remember the story of Martha and Mary from Luke 10:40?
Jesus stayed in their home. Martha went and complained to Jesus about Mary because she decided to sit at his feet and listen to what he had to say.
40 But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”
41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details!
Wow, that’s exactly how I felt, worried and upset about details. I can not allow myself to be overwhelmed so I had to learn to delegate. I let go of some stuff in order to accomplish what is truly important and change and re-arrange things constantly. I have to believe that God is always there. I need to understand seasons and trust that God is more interested in seeing this ministry succeed. I am in charge of setting my priorities straight, because they get unbalanced in a heartbeat, I need to be whole for my husband who needs me, my daughters that follow my example and the church I lead.
I want to experience and enjoy this season to the max. I don’t want to miss the opportunity of sitting at the feet of Jesus to just listen; after all he is the one who fills me with joy and peace.
I want to spend my life in God’s purposes for me, and I want to do so happy, full of love, growing, and enjoying every step I take in ministry. I want to dance in the rain!
“Your word is my delight and my joy because I am yours.” (Jeremiah 15:16)
If you are in a difficult season remember, God is always by your side, you can come and rest in him.
What changes did you have to make in order to enjoy your journey? Share with us in the comments below.