When I was a little girl a “twirly” dress was sure to add brightness to my day. One simple twirl determined it all. If my skirt rose up high and full, then a smile and many more twirls would follow. I would spin gazing down at the material as it rose up full of air. I loved the light, feminine feeling that the billowing folds of material gave me. I loved the action of dancing, leaping, jumping, with my childlike grace.
Usually my sister would spin with me and we would throw our arms out wide twirling and weaving together. Finally falling to the floor in a heap of giggles and pure spinning delight. Only to begin again when the room turned back to its normal level.
When my boys were little I continued the tradition…minus the lighter than air skirts! I would put on a favorite CD, crank up the volume and we would dance and dance and dance, until we collapsed on the floor taking in big gulps of air. Again and again we would play this dance game. It never grew old, until they grew older.
Now I have another dancer. This one who requests a dress almost every day!
A twirler. A spinner. A twister. A turner.
She’s reminded me…
For a while, I had forgotten the joy of dancing. I had forgotten that I can’t spin and twirl without a smile tugging at my lips. I had forgotten how good it feels to move my feet, get short of breath and break out in a sweat. I had forgotten how much lighter my soul feels after I have belted out some of my favorite Christian music songs as I move my feet to the rhythm. I had forgotten the smile and tears that can combine with the joyfulness of my deepest being as I worship my God who created me to sing and dance and worship.
Feeling down today? Put on your best twirly skirt, some praise and worship music and move your feet. I guarantee you will feel a smile tugging at the corners of your mouth, a lightness in your heart and a oneness with your Creator as you praise Him with your biggest and bestest twirl!