Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more… It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. -Melody Beattie

David and all the house of Israel were dancing before the LORD with all their might, with songs and lyres and harps and tambourines and castanets and cymbals. 2 Samuel 6.5

When is the last time you danced before the Lord with all of your might? Check out 2 Samuel chapter 6 for an interesting story of King David who, in the midst of a serious responsibility to care for the ark of the Lord, danced before the Lord. He danced so much that Michal, his wife, “despised him in her heart” for his dancing. But David said, “It was before the Lord… that I have danced.” I did this for the Lord! And in a sign of God’s approval of David’s dancing and disapproval of Michal’s condemnation, Michal never has a child to the day of her death (culturally understood at that time to be a curse from God).

How are our lives made barren when we refuse to have some fun? How do our lives feel dry, dusty, and lifeless when we refuse to dance before the Lord? What a blessing camp can be as a place to learn to dance before the Lord so that we might dance before the Lord in our day to day lives. I read a quote recently from the Jewish Talmud that said that on the judgment day we will have to give account of every good thing which we might have enjoyed and did not. I hear this as a challenge to give thanks for all that God has given us. A challenge to a life of dancing gratitude. Dancing and gratitude and surprise at all God is up to. Dancing and gratitude which can turn what we have into enough and more! Dancing and gratitude which give glory to the LORD.

Pastor Tim Johnston

VLM Alumni and long-time Family Camper