Monday, February 21, 2011

Dance!

Dance!

Of course! Why hadn't I thought of that?

But wait. I'm getting ahead of myself. Let me take you back to the beginning...

It had all started when I posted the following as a Facebook status on GRACEFUL SISTERS(a page I host similar to HEARTPRINTS OF GOD where I post a scripture verse or a word of encouragement each day.)

Lately, I've been overwhelmed by the beauty of the Lord. Everywhere I look, everywhere I go, I sense His love for me. I have to admit, sometimes, it's more than my ♥ can handle. It is then, His all-consuming love spills out through my tears. Now is such a moment. Thank you, Lord for being so very beautiful to me. How my ♥ adores you. Forever I will worship you & give you my highest praise~


After posting this, I sat back, wiped my tears and tried to continue on with my task at hand. About twenty minutes later, I received a notification that someone had commented on my post. Clicking on the notice, I found this comment from my sweet sister:


Don't cry dear...dance instead! :)


But wait! It doesn't end there! Yesterday, a dear friend posted this as her Facebook status:

One step forward. Ten steps back. Sigh.


As I read her post, it was obvious to me that she was in need of some encouragement. Immediately, I reached for my Bible and prayed that the Lord would give me just the right verse to share with her.

Finally, I had found it.

And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint. Galatians 6:9, The Amplified Bible

I went back to my computer and shared this verse. As I refreshed the page, I discovered that someone else had already left this comment:

I hope that's a dance step......I love you!


It was then I began to wonder just who the Lord was speaking to in this post.

Once again...the invitation to dance~

I decided to search the Bible for any reference to the word dance. I read about Miriam (Exodus 15:20) and David (2 Samuel 6:14) dancing before the Lord in praise and celebration. Then, I came across this passage in Ecclesiastes:

There is a time for everything,
and everything on earth has its special season.
There is a time to be born
and a time to die.
There is a time to plant
and a time to pull up plants.
There is a time to kill
and a time to heal.
There is a time to destroy
and a time to build.
There is a time to cry
and a time to laugh.
There is a time to be sad
and a time to dance.
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-4

This passage in Ecclesiastes was not new to me. I had read it many times before. What WAS new to me was the last word in verse four. DANCE! Somehow, I have managed to always pass right over it.

Sadly, my default reaction to anything, happy or sad, has always been to cry. (Just ask anyone in my family. When they see my lower lip start to quiver and take a downward turn, they know tears are sure to follow!)

DANCE! What a wonderful idea. As I thought about dancing, I remembered the words of an email I had received several years ago:

Dancing With God
(Author Unknown)

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 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, you, and I dance.

This statement is what guidance means to me.

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.
Dancing with God. Allowing God to guide me in all the seasons of my life. No matter what may be happening, good or bad, happy or sad, I can choose to dance because God is there, gently guiding and leading me across the dance floor of life. Why should I choose to cry when I can choose to dance and live in the JOY of the Lord?

Nehemiah 8:10 reminds us that the joy of the Lord is our strength.

Galatians 5:22 reminds us that joy is one of the fruit of the spirit.

When my heart was feeling overwhelmed by the beauty of the Lord, I cried. How I wish I would have danced!

When my friend needed words of encouragement, I shared a scripture to strengthen her faith. How I wished I would have followed this scripture with a suggestion to turn her one step forward, ten steps back into a beautiful dance with her Heavenly Father.

What about you?

When was the last time you danced?

Are you feeling overwhelmed by God's awesome love for you?

DANCE!

Are you finding it hard to keep your footing? Is life pushing you backward each time you try to move forward?

DANCE! Take the hand of your Heavenly Father and allow Him to lead you through this season.

Dance!

Of course! Why hadn't I thought of that?


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