Mourning into Dancing after 17 years

This is the day that The Lord has made. I WILL rejoice and be glad in it!

17 years ago today (Aug. 10th, 1997) marks the day that changed my life forever. I was in a car accident that tossed me 40 feet in the air to the side of the freeway where I laid motionless, completely paralyzed. It was horrific and the worst of nightmares to myself and many close to me, but the truth is, it was the first day of the rest of my life.

This was the day I said YES to Jesus! This was the day He called me to something greater then myself. This was the day that He spoke to me and assured me my life was His. This was the day that the Lord made. I NOW rejoice and am glad in it.

This was not always the case. There were many years that August 10th was a crummy reminder of losing my legs and my dreams. I would talk myself into being sad, hating my reality, and it would take another week to climb out of the pit. I would venture to say that it has only been in the last five years or so that I can honestly say, I do not fret this week on the calendar.

We all have things in life that we mourn. Matt 5:4 says, “blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Mourning is natural and a process that is different for all, but we are not supposed to stay there! The Bible also tells us in Psalm 147:3, “our God comes close to the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds.” Another version says, “He heals the brokenhearted and bandages up their wounds.” If we truly believe God’s promises, there is no way we can stay in the pit! He comes to us in our time of need and HEALS the hurt. Takes away the pain and makes us whole.

No longer is August 10th a day I want to skip through. No longer is it a haunting reminder of what was taken from me! 17 years ago (even 5 yrs. ago) I may not have uttered the words I am about to write, but here I sit (in the same size pants PRAISE THE LORD! Ha), shouting from the rooftops today, that YES indeed, The Lord is good. He has turned everything I lost, everything that hurt so deep into dancing!

Psa 30:11    By you my sorrow is turned into dancing; you have taken away my clothing of grief, and given me robes of joy;
Psa 30:12    So that my glory may make songs of praise to you and not be quiet. O Lord my God, I will give you praise for ever.

I am not here to tell you that I don’t have days that I revert back into feeling a sense of loss and hurt from what was taken. I do! I just don’t stay long. We all have a free will. We have to make the conscious decision to be mindful of the road our feelings are taking us on. When those feelings arise and my “self” begins to sink into the pit, that’s when I fully immerse myself in His truths.

There is a time to laugh and a time to cry for sure, but are you tired of the tears? What day do you mourn? What day haunts you as the calendar turns the page? I pray God comes and binds your hurt and throws it as far as the East is from the West. May you be able to stand and say, YES, He heard my cry! May you now proclaim that what hurt you, what clouded your eyes with tears, now be recognized with joy. Whatever it is you went through, may it now be seen as the day the Lord has made. May you rejoice and be glad in it.

Rom 8:28    That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

Dance, beloved! Dance. God is good!!

Love you all more than cake!
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