How God Turns Our Mourning into Dancing


I can’t imagine how much easier it was for the people in Jesus day to place their faith in Him. If someone needed healing, Jesus was happy to visit the sick at their home lay hands on them and restore their health. He went to Peter’s house and healed his mother-in-law (Matthew 8:14-15). He went to Jarius’ home and healed his daughter. (Mark 5:22-24, 41-42)

Now imagine the nobleman of John 4, a desperate father whose son is dying. Despite his being a royal official, his son remains in a hopeless situation. The father hears that Jesus is twenty-two miles away in Cana. (John 4:46-47) If he leaves his son to go to Jesus for help, his son could die. While it breaks this father’s heart to leave his son’s side when his son’s health is so frail, he knows without Jesus, his son will surely die. It’s a risk he can’t afford to take. Imagining the thrill of having Jesus come under his roof to restore his son drives this determined father to get to Jesus as quickly as possible.

However, when the father finds Jesus, and pleads with Him to come to his house because his son is dying, instead of agreeing to go as Jesus did with Jarius when his daughter was sick (Mark 5:22-24), Jesus simply tells the nobleman, “Go your way; your son lives.” (John 4:50) Unlike Jarius, the nobleman wouldn’t have that blessed assurance of watching Jesus come under his roof to heal his child. The nobleman simply had to take Jesus’ word for it that his son would be okay. Initially this seems like it would be a test of the nobelman's faith.  However, when you consider Whose word this is--the nobleman was face to face with Jesus, God in the flesh, assuring “Go your way; your son lives.” it makes sense why the nobleman could take Jesus at His word and go as Jesus directed.  After all, all things were created through Him and without Him, nothing was made that was made. (John 1:3) And how was it all created? By the incredible power of His Word. He just said the word and it was done. (Genesis 1:3)

While the nobleman was on his way home his servants met him on the road. Clearly it was news too important to wait for his return home—however, what the news was he could only imagine. When he reached the servants, they announced that his son lives. (John 4:51) It was a huge blessing that his son was no longer dying, but when you consider what that word “lives” means in the Greek this was so much bigger than his son’s health no longer threatened by death. His son lives meant:
  • He was back among the living—not lifeless
  • He was enjoying real life
  • He was active and blessed
  • He was in the manner of the living and acting
  • He was in full vigor
  • He was fresh, strong, and efficient,
  • He was active and powerful

Thrilled, the nobleman asked his servants when his son got better. As it turned out, his son’s health was fully restored the same time that Jesus had told the boy’s father “Go your way; your son lives.” (John 4:52-53) The power of God’s word touched the nobleman and his family so deeply that day that he and his whole household put their faith in Jesus.

While it had been heartbreaking for the nobleman to see his son dying before his eyes, it was the very thing that lead the boy’s father to Jesus-- leading not only to the boy’s healing, but more importantly the nobleman’s and his household's eternal salvation, because as a result of this trial they were moved to put their faith in Jesus.  Don’t you just love the amazing ways  that God works? Truly He turns our mourning into dancing. (Psalm 30:11)

When I'm facing an especially difficult trial, my instinct is to pray, "Oh God, deliver me from this! Please Lord take this away!" I fail to see the ultimate good the Lord is doing in my trial. All I can see is how the trial is causing me pain, inconveniencing me, or otherwise making my life difficult. However, I must remember that God does not withhold any good (Psalm 84:11) and even when a situation is so miserable there doesn't appear to be a shread of good about it, like the nobleman's son dying--even in the worst of circumstances God has good plans for us (Jer. 29:11).

May we not be so quick to pray away our difficult circumstances,  and miss out on the ultimate good God wants to work in our life. Rather, while we're waiting on God's sure deliverance (Psalm 34:17-19), let us comfort ourselves with his precious promises and actively seek to find the blessings God is working in and through our trial that we would have not experienced otherwise. Not one second of our suffering is in vain. God is using every single bit of it for our good and for His glory.

QuestionWhen has God turned your mourning into dancing? 


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28 comments:

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    1. Thanks, Val! Glad you enjoyed it! God bless you lots!

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  2. Brooke, I'm linking with Faithful Friday today. I talk about this so much in my life and blog. We learn so much from trials - if we will only stop and "listen" to what God is trying to teach us. Kim

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    1. Hi, Kim! I agree 100%, "We learn so much from trials - if we will only stop and "listen" to what God is trying to teach us." Well said! God bless you much!

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  3. Dear Brooke
    Our God works in mysterious ways His wonders to perform! I have learned through my fair share of suffering that trusting our Pappa God's love is worth more anything temporary this world has to offer. Thanks for a timely post.
    Blessings XX
    Mia

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    1. Thanks, Mia! You put it so beautifully! "Trusting our Pappa God's love is worth more anything temporary this world has to offer." So true! God bless you richly!

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  4. I love it how I can be terribly burdened and sometimes, with the rising of the sun on the morning of a new day, things don't seem quite so bad. His mercies ARE new EVERYDAY!

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    1. Amen, Debby Ray! His mercies are new every morning! Such a precious promise! God bless you tremendously!

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  5. I think God turned my sorrow to dancing even in the most difficult and painful time in my life--the death of my daughter. I didn't dance because of the trial...yet found myself dancing in honor of the One who carried me each step of the grieving process. Whatever do others do with God to walk through trials with them? Thank you, Brooke, for this Bible Story and devotional. Thanking God for this reminder.

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    1. Oh Pamela my heart goes out to you. You are so right. When tragedy strikes, there is nothing to dance about. But I love how even in your deepest heartbreak you found comfort and could be glad because of the One who carried you through each step of the grieving process. God bless you immensely!

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  6. Well, I guess I'm one of those that has been praying for healing the last few days. I'm trying to remind myself that healing often comes in increments instead of all of a sudden, but I get pretty impatient with being sick. I think I handle the big tragedies better than the little inconveniences like sickness...

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    1. Esther, I may not know exactly what you are going through personally, but I can totally relate to how a lingering trial can feel like sandpaper--grating. It causes us to cry out "When is this EVER going to end?" Needless to say, such questions only lead to more discouraging thoughts--just making our problems worse. This blog post by Michael Hyatt totally changed my perspective on how I look at trials--especially those grating ones, those ones that suck the joy out of life. I hope it encourages you as much as it encouraged me. http://michaelhyatt.com/a-question-that-changes-everything.html God bless you abundantly!

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  7. I think life's difficulties are what make us more grateful for the good times. Such a detailed post, full of truth and emotion.

    Thanks for linking up!

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! Great point! "I think life's difficulties are what make us more grateful for the good times." I agree! I appreciate the good in my life so much more when the bad comes. God bless you exceedingly!

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  8. Great writing. Very thoughtful and honest. I appreciate finding your blog here on Inspiration MOnday. I hope you find something useful in mine as well.
    Dan - http://kramersboardingcall.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks, Dee! I look forward to visiting your blog, too! God bless you completely!

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  9. There are so many times when the Lord has turned my mourning into dancing. In the most difficult situations, when it seemed like there would be no way out He majestically and miraculously provided one. This has happened over and over again. I plan to write on my most memorable one......the testimony of how I came to the Lord. Hopefully it will be in next week's post on my blog!

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    1. What a beautiful testimony to God's faithfulness, Audrey! Thanks for sharing! God bless you enormously!

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  10. Sometimes it can be so hard to think in the middle of the pain. We need reminders to look outside of our broken shambles of life. This is such a good reminder for those who are in this space.

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    1. Thank you so much Jen! God bless you abundantly!

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  11. Although it's hard to make it through the emotional pain when I am circumstances I can't control, remembering the times God has turned my mourning into dancing give me hope. And spending time in prayer with Him with others holding me up as well carries me through the grief.
    God turned my mourning into dancing when He miraculously healed my mother after a surgery where the doctors declared that she would not make it. Praised Him then, Praise Him now.
    Janis

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    1. Praise the Lord for His miraculous healing of your mother! Awesome! You're absolutely right, Janis "remembering the times God has turned my mourning into dancing give me hope." Remembering God's past faithfulness and staying faithful in prayer as you did are huge in avoiding discouragement and anxious thoughts. God bless you immensely!

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  12. This is so true! This morning I read Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Ultimatley trials are for our good!

    ***Found you through W2W Word filled Wednesday Link up!

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    1. Thanks, Leah! I am so grateful our trials and suffering are not for nothing. God is using them and working them to our good and His glory. Makes all the headaches and heartaches so much easier to endure knowing that. God bless you massively!

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  13. Sometimes it is hard to see the joy in the midst of the storm, but God is always there. He has definitely turned my mourning into dancing time and time again!

    Thanks for linking up with Woman to Woman's Word Filled Wednesday! God bless!

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    1. I agree, Jenifer! The ever-presence of God is such a constant comfort! God bless you immeasurably!

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  14. Wonderful post, Brooke - I love the story - the story of the man's belief and his son healed:) I am slowly learning that the journey of a prayer sent out during a challenge is on God's time frame for its return - and there are things I have to do - to live, to grow in the midst of the chaos of those challenges. While I cannot wait for those challenges to end - I am learning to live fully in the wait - and not bash it but grow in it:) Thank you for your encouragement. The challenges never stop:)

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    1. Thanks! I agree, sometimes we are more than ready for a trial to leave and it looks like there is no end in sight. But we know from Psalm 34:17,19 that every one of our trials has an expiration date either in this life or the second we get to heaven. I love your resolve to live fully while you are waiting on the Lord for deliverance. Reminds me of that song, While I'm Waiting by John Waller. God bless you richly!

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