I Hope You Dance by Mandisa

Whenever I hear this song I want to dance. It stirs something important inside of me and reminds me that in the midst of everyday hustle I need space to stop and wonder at the beauty and mystery of life.

When we are in our late teens and early twenties (if you’re still in that age group, make the most of it), it’s easy to hit a pause button and admire the things around us. No kids to pick up, no deadlines to meet, no dinners to cook etc.

As we grow, demands of life, work, family, commute and everything else take more and more space and dim the natural sense of wonder inside us. We do things on auto-pilot and it’s only when something serious happens that we reflect on our life.

Yet, this is not how it supposed to be. Of course everyone chooses their own lifestyle and pace of life but I strongly believe we all need space to reflect, be still and admire the life in all its fullness and draw close to God on a regular basis.

Mandisa reminds us of this in her song. Listen to it – I hope it’ll help you to feel the sense of wonder again and will give you a fresh energy of the love of God to keep going.

My favourite lines

I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance.

Lovin’ might be a mistake but it’s worth makin’
Don’t let some careless heart leave you bitter
When you come close to sellin’ out reconsider.

Bible verse the song reminds me of

“Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have!

Matthew 6:22-23 The Message

Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV)

Why am I discouraged?
    Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
    I will praise him again—
    my Savior and my God!
Now I am deeply discouraged,
    but I will remember you—
even from distant Mount Hermon, the source of the Jordan,
    from the land of Mount Mizar.
 I hear the tumult of the raging seas
    as your waves and surging tides sweep over me.
But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me,
    and through each night I sing his songs,
    praying to God who gives me life.

Psalm 42:8 (NLT)

How does it apply to my life?

Stop. Look. Listen. I think this sequence come from another song but really well sums up my thoughts about Mandisa’s one.

This song never fails to inspire me. After listening, I have so much more energy, even on a not so inspiring day. It gives me hope that even if life isn’t amazing at that particular moment, there’s God who encourages me, who keeps cheering me on and gives me strength to keep going, keep wondering and keep loving. It reminds me of important truths that I need to hear again and again.

After listening, I want to keep going but not rush. Take time to admire the nature, a nice meal, a smile on my daughter’s face, a silly joke, my husband by my side and my absolutely amazing God.

Hopefully, listening to this song will do the same for you. It’ll help you appreciate the little things. Focus on what’s matter and not to pay too much attention to the things that don’t. Have that inner something that makes you grateful for the beautiful gift of life, even when the life gets tough. Hope. Persevere. Let God lead you.

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