Who Leads When You Dance?
What If You Were Dancing with God?
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not
know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes
for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches
our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit
intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.”
Life is full of options, choices, and decisions. The first decision is who is going to lead in our lives. Once we accept Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives, we begin a sort of dance…where He leads. Learning how to follow is part of growing in our relationship with Him.
So, how does God guide and lead us? There are several ways actually. If we seek wise godly counsel, God can speak through others. “Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning” Prov. 9:9. He may also speak through circumstances— making it rather obvious that it is He who is opening (or closing) doors of opportunity. “Now when I went to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ and found that the Lord had opened a door for me…” 2 Cor. 2:12.
The Holy Spirit may simply prompt us, like in Acts 13:1-3: “In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.” Most often, He will speak through His Word or our personal meditations. “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” Prov. 16:9.
I discovered a funny thing one day when I meditated on the word “guidance.” I kept seeing “dance” at the end of the word. I remembered reading once 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, you, 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 every day. 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. He will never let you down.
The Power of Truth:
- “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you”. Psalm 32:8
- “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” Psalm
- “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Rom. 8:28
Suggestion for Prayer:
If you’ve been trying to lead your own life, confess it to God and resubmit to His will, His plans. Tell Him you trust Him, and ask Him to show you how to follow.