I Hope You Dance

Sarah Omar (’14)
Kay Spiritual Life Center
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Joshua 1: 7-9

Joshua 1: 7-9 • Only be strong and very bold in taking care to follow all the Torah which Moses my servant ordered you to follow; do not turn from it either to the right or to the left; then you will succeed wherever you go. Yes, keep this book of the Torah on your lips and meditate on it day and night, so that you will take care to act according to everything written in it. Then your undertakings will prosper, and you will succeed. Haven’t I ordered you, “Be strong, be bold”? So don’t be afraid or downhearted, because Adonai your God is with you wherever you go.

I Hope You Dance—by  Lee Ann Womack

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder,
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger,
May you never take one single breath for granted,
GOD forbid love ever leave you empty handed,
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.

I hope you dance….I hope you dance.

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance,
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Livin’ might mean takin’ chances but they’re worth takin’,
Lovin’ might be a mistake but it’s worth makin’,
Don’t let some hell bent heart leave you bitter,
When you come close to sellin’ out reconsider,
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.

I hope you dance….I hope you dance.
I hope you dance….I hope you dance.
(Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along,
Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder where those years have gone.)

I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.

Dance….I hope you dance.
I hope you dance….I hope you dance.
I hope you dance….I hope you dance..
(Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along
Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder where those years have gone)

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I loved this song growing up, but sometimes I think I didn’t take it to heart enough. I don’t really take that many chances- I can’t even take the chance to walk on grates for fear that I will fall through. But this song, tells me to dance. To let it go. And to be comfortable taking chances. For God is with me wherever I go- according to Joshua.

Now, not everybody might be comfortable with that premise- Take chances cause God is with you always. I mean, even if you are- people might judge you for dancing awkwardly! But I want to tell you to dance anyway. Dance through the doubt. Dance through the fear. And take that leap of faith even if you don’t have faith at the time.

We have a lot to offer the world- even though it may seem daunting. I was one of those SIS majors who came into college thinking that I can solve the world’s problems and create world peace.  Then I got homesick and overwhelmed by the world’s problems. But then I studied abroad. And that was my leap of faith. I took that chance and I tried to follow God’s advice- “Be Strong, Be Bold”

Well, that didn’t exactly work. I was bold! But I definitely didn’t feel strong. And I was afraid and downhearted. I had always believed that God was with me wherever I went…but did God get on that plane to Jordan? I don’t know, but I do know that I didn’t dance.  Cause I got the choice to sit it out or dance. I went all the way to Jordan and I could sit in my room, or I could go out on the streets and discover this exotic country. And I wish I danced. But hindsight is 20/20. And now I really do think that God was with me, but in God’s own way.

After I realized that I missed the chance to dance, I realized that I want to dance more. Ian and I created a “DC bucket list” and with my last semester, I will try to dance for this DC study abroad experience, even when God’s presence isn’t apparent.

This metaphorical dancing takes a lot of different forms. It can be taking those extra two steps and making a new friend, or forcing yourself out of your bed when all you want to do is sit there and cry. Being strong and following God’s word is an active part of everyday- not just dragging yourself to Kay on a Thursday or Sunday night. Following God’s word doesn’t mean missing out on life to sit in Kay- it means to be strong and be bold in every aspect of your life as God is with us wherever we go.

So, dance. Even when you don’t feel strong, or your faith isn’t strong, take the chance and dance. Living might mean taking chances, but they are worth taking. Make the most out of your college experience or your study abroad experience. If you get the choice to sit it out or dance. Dance.

Sidenote: If you are at Founders Day on Saturday, I better see you dancing!