There are times when I’d love to be able to dance again.
I miss being able to move freely.
To have a co-operative, healthy body with energy buzzing through me.
The last time I attempted to dance was at a wedding, ironically to Abba’s ‘Dancing Queen’.
It was more of a one-song-wonder than anything else and I couldn’t quite put my all into it either.
Little did I know it would be my swansong as a dancer.
I’m not trained or gifted in any way, but I’ve always enjoyed dancing and took it for granted that I always would.
What followed was a serious relapse in my previously moderate M.E symptoms, rendering them severe by overdoing things.
It was many years ago. I’ve not been able to dance since.
I watch and I smile when others do, and I say it’s okay because I’m dancing on the inside.
Yet one day I know I will dance for real. Be held by and hold onto my soul’s Lover.
I’ll be ready, willing and able to move freely again.
Here’s my five-minute-friday way of dancing with words..
Ready to dance
I’m a pale wallflower
hiding in the corner
Biding my time watching
the way others dance and sway
My feet have forgotten
how to dance, but still
they tap lightly to the beat
My body too weary to move
I fail to get into the groove
Who would want to dance
you see, with a woman bent
and bowed by having M.E?
And then I see You
standing there with a
look at once safe and
loving, so familiar
You smile and reach out
for my reluctant hand
as I wobble up and finally
stand, looking only into
Your face as you bring me
close into a warm embrace
to my hurting heart,
saying this is only the very
start of a lifetime journey
You are bringing me to
where I’ll run and
I’ll skip and I’ll
laugh with joy, and
I’ll always get to
dance with you
We move to the gentle
rhythm of Your grace
and I sense a loosening
in my soul, a warm
flush rising to my face
as energy unknown flows
and rushes through
this body of mine, now
made complete and whole
You’re warmly invited to join in with the regular #FMF word dance going on at Kate Motaung’s place.
We skate around perfection, move to the beat of our clocks as we write freely for five minutes – I went over a little here.
Just bring your words and join in the fun. We’d love to see you there. 🙂
17 thoughts on “Getting ready to dance”
Beautiful! Isn’t it wonderful how He always knows what to whisper to our hurting hearts?
Indeed it is, Rose! And how reassuring it is to hear His soothing words spoken to our fretful minds. Bless you for stopping by. 🙂
I love your dancing with words. You’re right….one day you will dance again. I’m visiting from FMF where I’m parked in the #6 spot.
Thanks, Tara! We can all look forward to that day of being free from this world’s cares and pain. Blessed to read the way you danced with this topic too. 🙂
I love this, Joy. Such a beautiful heart dance with Jesus as He whispers endearments to your hurting heart and the anticipation of a dance with Him with a completely whole body someday. This spoke peace to my heart, too. Thank you.
Thank you, Trudy. It means so much more for those of us who live with the constraints of physical illness and disability to view our eternal future with God as one where we’ll dance freely, unhindered, full of joy and energy. Meanwhile, we learn to move to the rhythms of His grace and discover how the Lord partners us all our earthly days. Bless you. 🙂 x
Your poem is beautiful- I especially love the line about moving to the gentle rhythm of his grace.
Hi Carly. Thank you so much for stopping by. I love that thought too. It sustains us in our weary days here to learn to move to God’s gentle rhythm of grace. Bless you.
Such a beautiful story told through your poem. 🙂
Thank you, Susan! I’m always amazed what God does with five minutes of surrendered free writing. It’s a wonderful gift of grace, especially when we feel too weary to write and still He gives us things to say. It’s lovely to meet you. Please feel free to stop by again. 🙂
Thank you, Joy:)
Oh this is fabulous! To know one day when reunited with The Lord, there will be no more pain. We will be made new! I can’t wait! Thank you for sharing your lovely heart and poem!
Oh yes, I share your joy at the thought of being made new! It will be so wonderful. Yet even now we have a taste of it with the way God moves in our lives, continually transforming us from the inside out. Thanks, Carrie. Blessed to see you here! 🙂 x
Sweet JOY, to dance with our Father for all eternity. Such a beautiful picture you paint with your words. A fragrant offering to Him. Blessings, my friend.
Yes, it is a beautiful thing to contemplate in time to come. I look forward most to having freedom of movement and lack of self consciousness, ease and grace to join in the dance.Thank you for adding to the conversation here. I’m always blessed by your visits, my friend! 🙂 x
Dear Joy … what a beautiful ode to the Lover of your soul, the One who leads you in this sacred dance along the pathway.
And the picture up top said it all … lovely, lovely.
Good to connect with you this week … very good!
Dear Linda, it’s an honour to see you here! Thank you for visiting and appreciating the way God is leading me “in this sacred dance”. It’s good to connect with you too. I think you used to occasionally visit me at my old ‘Words of Joy’ site when it was fairly new a few years ago. Now I’ve moved to WordPress and you can find me at wordsofjoy.me if you’d like to catch up there as well. It’s where I’ve written my ‘Out of Sorts’ post. Blessed by your visit! Do come again. 🙂 x