Step Away and Dance

Ever felt as though everything is working against you?

Like the contrary winds that came against the disciples in the fourth watch of the night (Matthew 14:24), so too, the winds of your life can become contrary and adverse.

In the times of contrary winds, take a day and just step away, lean in to the embrace of your Lord, follow His lead, and dance with Him.

In the presence of the Lord, you can dance. He promises transformation in your life. Your circumstance may not change, but you will change. Your sadness and discouragement can move to gladness and dancing in the loving embrace and everlasting arms of the Lord. Listen to these powerful words from Psalm 30:10-12 —

Hear, O LORD, and be gracious to me; O LORD, be my helper. You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness, that my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever.
Psalm 30:10-12

I was out with the Lord in the desert to walk and talk with Him and take some wildlife photos near a small pond. I had heard there were some birds that frequented that area and want to see what was there. Well, the Lord poured out great blessing in myPhotoWalk with Him this early morning as a Great Blue Heron was out by itself walking around the water. It was alone, and as it walked along, it had moments when it danced. What a show this beautiful bird put on this particular morning with only the Lord and me as its audience.

I thought about the personality and performance of this Great Blue Heron. Alone with only the Lord looking on, that bird danced. And so it is with us. In the presence of the Lord, our heart can be so comforted and calmed, revived and renewed, that we are lifted and moved to lean in and dance as our Lord leads us. I danced that morning, and gave the Lord a standing ovation as I watched His creation in motion.

So today, maybe in the contrary winds of your life, you could take some time to step away and dance. The beauty of such times is that they carry into your everyday life. And when you dance in life, others watch, and want to dance too. May we all dance with the Lord today.

God bless you dear friend, as you continue on in the great adventure of knowing Him.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!


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  • Title: Step Away and Dance
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  • Description: On a wildlife myPhotoWalk with the Lord in Palm Desert, California, USA, I focused in on this magnificent great blue heron.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 04/14/14
  • Camera: Nikon D7000, 80.0-400.0 mm, Focal Length 400.0 mm, f/5.6, Exposure 1/640 sec, ISO 640.
  • Photoshoot: Morning PhotoShoot in Palm Desert, California, USA.
  • Post-Processing: Adobe Photoshop, Nik Software.
  • Copyright ©2018 Catherine Martin — myPhotoWalk™ — Quiet Time Ministries. All Rights Reserved.
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