Dancing in the Rain
Zoe challenges us to put away our umbrellas and dance in the rain. In this piece of writing she talks about vulnerability in Christ, and why it's important to seek God in the middle of our storms.
Recently when I was praying I asked God to pour out his love onto one of my friends. I received this powerful image of God sticking his hand out through the clouds with a jug. The jug was filled with his unending, unconditional love and he was pouring out his love onto this person...but they had their umbrella up, and God’s love didn’t touch them. It got me thinking that when a storm hits, our first instinct is to run and hide. We seek shelter and try to protect ourselves, we put up our umbrellas, to stop the rain from touching us. I believe we behave the same way when an internal storm hits. We run and hide, and build up walls around our hearts in order to protect ourselves. We put up internal umbrellas to stop the hurt from touching our hearts. I believe we need to respond to internal storms differently. We can’t continue to build strong shelters around our hearts, because vulnerability in Christ is where we find our strength. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 says this: But He told me: “My kindness is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak.” So I will brag even more about my weaknesses in order that Christ’s power will live in me.
Therefore, I accept weakness, mistreatment, hardship, persecution, and difficulties suffered for Christ. It’s clear when I’m weak, I’m strong. If we are stopping God’s love from entering our hearts then we are disadvantaging ourselves. I’m not saying that God can’t break those walls, but I believe that we also have to accept the love he has for us and let Him into our hurt.
Dancing in the Rain Internally, we should learn how to dance in the rain. This doesn’t mean that you don’t protect your heart, but it means that you let God into that space and allow him to work. It’s easy to forget that when we are hurting, he is hurting with us. In an external storm we seek shelter, but in an internal storm we seek God, because He is our shelter.
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” -Anon
So how do we change the way we respond to internal storms? One way is learning to to be vulnerable with God. This can look like Proverbs 3:5-6. I’d also love to encourage you to read Psalm 46, and think about what the words mean to you. Remembering 2 Timothy 3:16.
Zoe Murray studies at Carey Baptist College where she studies part time. She attends Windsor Park Baptist where she currently interns, and serves as a youth leader for the year nines. She is super bubbly, super thoughtful, and super empathetic. She would love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org Photo by Zoe Murray.
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