If you hear the music, dance

If you hear the music, dance

If you hear the music, dance.

He played; they danced. No one invited them, they just danced. Most people passing by didn’t notice the peculiar old guy playing the mandolin, except the children. I noticed because I had to sit and rest. If not for myasthenia gravis, I probably would have walked on by with the rest of the crowd. Instead I sat and enjoyed the music, and the dancing. Spontaneously, the children swayed and bounced. One precious little girl grabbed her daddy’s hand and led him out to the “dance floor.”  Watching him twirl her around, I suspected it was not the first time he danced with his daughter.


I’m pretty sure he would have played even if no one had stopped to listen. He made a few dollars in tips, but the real reward appeared to be the delight on the faces of those who stopped to dance, or watch or listen. I don’t have much of an ear for music, but I doubt the world was missing out on a big talent. That wasn’t the point.

Psalm 4:7, “You have put gladness in my heart…” WEB


One goal in life should be to make the world a better place because you are here. I can imagine the old gentleman in his tweed sports coat and baseball cap playing his banjo at home for personal enjoyment, but this day, he shared with us. He smiled when we smiled, and we did.

Philemon 1:7, “For I have great joy and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother.”  HCSB


I have journaled for years. I did it solely for myself. But I enjoy it more when I share with you, especially if I can make you smile. My goal is to make you smile even if your world is caving in. None of us are really that different. We don’t have the same experiences but we experience the same emotions. The details of our external struggles may differ, but I am gambling that our internal struggles are similar.

Philemon 1:20, “Do me this big favor, friend.  You’ll be doing it for Christ, but it will also do my heart good.”  MSG


A few years ago on a church choir trip, one of the performances was cancelled. The youth choir performed anyway. They stood in the choir loft before a vacant sanctuary and performed their very best for an audience of One. No doubt, He enjoyed it immensely.

“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”  John Piper


Over the last nine months I have been studying and living Sabbath. Rest. It’s a hard command in our busy lives, but intended for our good. We are told to enjoy the Sabbath. Ultimately, God wants us to enjoy Him. Nothing pleases Him more. He’s like that daddy, eagerly waiting for us to take His hand. So if you hear the music, then dance.  David did.

 2 Samuel 6:14, “David was dancing with all his might before the Lord wearing a linen ephod.”  HCSB

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I’d love the opportunity to encourage you weekly. I’ll need your email address, so put it in the box and join me on the porch. If the music plays, we’ll dance.

13 thoughts on “If you hear the music, dance

  1. Vickie, you are truly an author. In my opinion you are certainly an encouragement to so many people including me. It touches anything & everything that a presently going or has gone through. You are a blessing!!

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  2. Why is it so hard for us to rest? It’s almost as if we think less of ourselves when we do. We are accomplishing. We aren’t producing. We aren’t… Yet, how much more beneficial is it to our bodies, our minds and our souls when we do give ourselves permission to just rest?

  3. Isn’t it amazing when you stop and notice the difference one person can make or is making in the world… thanks for the reminder.

  4. Even though I haven’t seen you for years sweet, lovely, gifted, sister in Christ, through your writing you do make me smile – a lot! Besides making me smile, reading your blogs gives me a a few minutes of rest (and reflection) from the every day grind. Thank you, Vickie. You ARE an author!

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