Learning to Dance

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Recently, I was getting down some containers from our attic. I recalled that I had put away some of my kid’s baby items in totes. Clothes, baby books, cards, their artwork and all sorts of little do-dads. As I was going through them, I came across a few pieces that I had written for this little paper that was circulated amongst our church people. I read it and thought, that wasn’t too terrible! Even though I had scribbled it down over 20 years ago, it caused me to stop and do some soul searching. I just thought I would share as it helped me re-evaluated some of my current choices and behavior.


I recently spent some time meditating on the word guidance. I started to notice the word breaking down into parts. The word “dance” kept popping out at me. As I thinking on this term, I thought about how living out God’s will for our lives can be compared to that of two people dancing. When two people both try to take the lead, the motions do not flow smoothly and they seem to be stumbling along. Instead of a graceful, flowing movement across the dance floor, it can look quite jerky and uncomfortable. But when one person takes the lead, and the other follows their prompts, they can become as one seamlessly moving as one accord. The lead dancer gives gentle cues, perhaps a nudge, or a gentle pull in the direction he is moving towards. The dance takes surrender, willingness and attentiveness from one person and gentle guidance and skill from the other.

My eyes were drawn back to the word guidance. When I saw the “G”, I thought of God, followed by “u” and “i”.

God, you, and I dance.

As I thought about the past few months of my life, had I been trusting God to guide me down the right paths? Was I surrendering my will to let him lead my life? Oftentimes the answer is no. Why is it so hard to stay in rhythm with him? He has never led me down the wrong path, but too many times, I choose to let go of his guiding hand, and go off on my own. It never ends well. I make the wrong moves, miss a few steps, and eventually fall flat on my bottom.

My prayer is that I can become better at dancing through this life with God’s guidance. Trusting him to lead me wherever that may be. My hope is I can improve at surrendering to his lead, and be more attentive to the direction he pushes me to. I pray the same for you.

The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.   2 Timothy 4:22

Keep moving forward,
Hayley W

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