Have you ever watched a professional dancing couple glide across a dance floor? The dance steps are carried out seemingly without flaw and the synchronized harmony of each step makes their motion seem almost effortless. The reality is that nothing could be farther from the truth. The perfect dance which a skilled duo performs takes hours upon hours of two people practicing together. The dance couple has to work at knowing just how to be in tune to each other. Most important they must each know their roles. One person must lead and the other must follow.
Most of you have heard of or watched the weekly television dance show extravaganza known as “Dancing with the Stars.” Although I would not call myself a devoted follower of the dancers, I have viewed the TV show a few times. In awe I have watched the women dancers perform almost magically in those stiletto heels. I gave up walking on high heeled shoes a long time ago…much less trying to dance in them! Those ladies are truly amazing!
If you want to go down memory lane, some of you may recognize the names of the 1930’s legendary dancing duo famously known as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Fred and Ginger became two of the most well known names in the history of dance. No matter what number they were performing—a classical ballroom waltz or an energetic tap dance—this couple could light up a dance floor and usher in an atmosphere of magic each time their feet hit the floor in unison.
So what is the key to the mesmerizing ability of a professional dance couple? Is it sheer talent? Both Fred and Ginger were equally talented. I read a quote at one time stating that Ginger could do everything that Fred did on the dance floor—except she did it backwards with heels on! Talent and training may certainly be two of the keys to acquiring superior dancing skills. But, as I mentioned before, I believe the real answer is the fact that each dancer knows their individual role. Ginger knew that Fred was not only her dance partner, he was her dance leader. Ginger trusted Fred to lead her in every dance so that their shows were more than just a performance but rather a form of art. Because each of them was willing to do their own part they flowed beautifully and the result was an amazing dance career for this legendary couple.
You may be wondering where I am going with all this dance talk and how it compares on a spiritual level. Stay with me. I think the “light bulb” will come on shortly. First of all, would you ponder the thought that a beautifully choreographed dance with two people is how our relationship with God should be on the stages of our lives? Just like two dancers, we have a role and God has a role. We were created to follow the perfect dance Partner. If we want to “dance” well through our life, we must be willing to follow God’s lead not vice versa.
So now let me pose this question. Is your life flowing the way you want it to right now? Or do you feel that no matter what you do, you feel like you have two left feet trying to compete in a dance marathon? My friend, could it be that you have mistakenly stepped into a role that does not fit you? A role that you were never created to fill…
Are you trying to lead God in your plans or are you willing to let God lead you in His plans?
Let me tell you from personal experience that I have tried it both ways. When I tried to lead, the dance fell apart and often I landed flat on the floor! Not pretty! But when I finally came to the understanding that I will never be able to lead God, things begin to flow according to His plans…the best plans!
Yes, I confess there are days when I momentarily forget my place and end up with squished toes which God has lovingly stepped on. After all His Word tells us that the Father disciplines those whom He loves. I am glad He loves me enough to remind me that He is the One leading the dance. Even when I do not know all the steps I can trust my Father to let me dance on the tops of His feet until I get it right. What a great Heavenly Father He is!
Perhaps the words of this anonymous writer will help you to better grasp what it means to let go of the control trap and let God lead the way in your life.
Dancing with God
When I meditated on the word Guidance, I kept seeing “dance” at the end of the word. I remember reading that doing God’s will is a lot like dancing. When two people try to lead, nothing feels right. The movement doesn’t flow with the music, and everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky. When one person realizes that, and lets the other lead, both bodies begin to flow with the music. One gives gentle cues, perhaps with a nudge to the back or by pressing lightly in one direction or another. It’s as if two become one body, moving beautifully. The dance takes surrender, willingness, and attentiveness from one person and gentle guidance and skill from the other.
My eyes drew back to the word Guidance.
When I saw “G: I thought of God, followed by “u” and “i”. “God, “u” and “i” dance.” GOD, U AND I DANCE! As I lowered my head, I became willing to trust that I would get guidance about my life. Once again, I became willing to let God lead.
My prayer for you today is that God’s blessings and mercies be upon you on this day and everyday. May you abide in God as God abides in you. Dance together with God, trusting God to lead and to guide you through each season of your life.
Friends, I echo the prayer of this anonymous writer for you right now. Trust God. He has a beautiful dance He has lovingly choreographed just for you! His strong hand is outstretched towards you. He beckons you to join him in the dance that was meant for the two of you. Come now, the stage awaits your performance and all of heaven is straining to watch you and the Father dance. Do you hear the music? Do not be afraid to let Him lead. You were created for this moment. Dance with God!
Dancing couple photo credit: CafeMom
Dancing with Daddy photo credit: Creation Swap