March 13, 2022
Praying through the motions

Praying through the motions 

When I choreograph a fitness routine, I listen to the same song on repeat: refining the movements, checking the counts, adjusting the difficulty level, fitting everything in just so. Often, my favorite routines are the Cool & Stretch songs. It always seems that I am praying my way through the motions.

As I choreographed “The Bright Side of Broken” by MercyMe, I found myself in tears. The lyrics, “Even in the darkest time, there is always hope. What we see as a broken mess, Jesus sees as a chance to be made whole,” hit so close to home. Over the past year and a half I have felt myself as that broken mess both physically and emotionally as I have walked through repeated miscarriages. Yet through the darkness, I know I am not alone. I am holding on to hope, searching for joy, and seeking peace. Jesus is making me whole again.

The song continues: “The bright side of being broken is in the hands that are holding every piece, reminding me that it’s gonna be ok.” There is a lot that doesn’t seem like it’s going to be ok in our lives, in the lives of those we love, in the tense and warring world around us. But in the brokenness, I will keep praying, I will remember God’s faithfulness, and I will keep dancing. I hope you can, too.

Let’s pray with David as he wrote in Psalm 143:1, 5 & 8: “Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief. … I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done. … Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.”

BeckyProfileBecky Gilbert has been dancing since she was three and choreographing since she was thirteen. She is currently a Dance Blast Choreographer and Mom of two wonderful pre-schoolers. Body & Soul® has always been a part of her life, ever since she first starred in an Instructor Training video as Jeannie’s baby bump. (Yes, Jeannie Blocher, Body & Soul’s Founder, was very pleased to have a daughter who liked to dance.)