I wonder sometimes what it looked like when David danced before the Lord. Then I had this moment the other day, listening to a song, its words a catalyst to the hope within me. I couldn't help myself. I danced.
It tickles me when I think about when first heard the song. Can I just say it's not religious at all? Nope. Not one bit. I think I first heard it while watching the Disney show "So Random." I didn't think much of it then. Then I heard it again set to old Disney cartoons featuring Goofy. I just kept hearing the refrain, "You've gotta keep your head up, oh. You gotta let your hair down, eh." My curiosity was piqued.
Mostly because I was encouraged.
This week I downloaded the song. As I stood in my kitchen listening to it, my heart felt uplifted. What does one do when a song from the wrong station moves the heart to worship? Well, one worships.
Because it touched that tender spot in me that wonders how this is all going to turn out. All the unanswered questions. All the loose ends. All the conundrums I can't solve right now. The song said what I most needed to hear in that moment: "You are gonna turn out fine," followed quickly by, "But you gotta keep your head up."
There is always a "but" isn't there? I am reminded of Psalm 121. It begins:
I lift up my eyes to the hills--I seem to forget I have help when I look down. There truly is something about raising my line of vision to what is higher than me that helps me move to higher ground. I've exhausted possible sources of help in the low lands. None of them are really helpful. Only God is inexhaustible. I forget that I can look to Him sometimes. I forget that He already knows I'm gonna turn out fine. I forget that He's the only One who can convince me.
from where will my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.
So when I heard that silly pop song with upbeat words with an upbeat rhythm, I was reminded. That life does not have to be determined by my present circumstances, but can be transformed by the One who is always Present within my circumstances.
And when I remembered, I looked Up, heart full, head hopeful, feet happy.
In the middle of my kitchen I danced.