Posted by: mylovingheart | August 6, 2014

Would You Like to Dance?


Recently I signed up for dance lessons.  Something I had been wanting to do for a long time.  Talk about get me out of my comfort zone.  It was quite clear that I wanted to lead instead of follow.  Throughout my life and especially the last few years, I have been leading my path and taking care of charting my own course.  In addition to group classes, I decided I needed private lessons.  My teacher told me that he knew what he was doing and I just needed to follow.  I was only to have the tips of my fingers be the receptors to know what was the lead he was giving me and to continue until you get the next lead.  My first reaction was to clasp his fingers and hold on tight.  When that happened he would stop and tell me that I cannot give you another lead if you are clasping my fingers.  He would keep emphasizing that when I clasped my fingers then I was dancing with myself because he could not lead.  He then told me that I had to get out of my head and just let my body respond to the lead.  That I did not have to figure out what he was doing, think about what was going to happen next, or why he was doing what he was doing in the dance.  You can imagine there was complete frustration on my part to get used to just letting go.  Then one day after many lessons I started noticing that it was becoming more comfortable.  That I was getting better at following that I could relax and enjoy the steps to this dance.

Because it is in my nature to always look for the lesson in each part of my life, I realized one day that my desire to learn how to dance was an opportunity to grow in my relationship with God.  It hit me one day that God had been trying to teach me that exact same thing.  He was wanting me to realize that He is God and He knows what He is doing.  He wants to lead me down a path and I only just need to follow.  All I had to do was gently place my hand open and receive.  There is no way God can give you anything in your hand if you have it clasp tightly onto something else.  All I had to do was get out of my head and not try to figure out where He was taking me or what He was doing, but just trust that once I relaxed and enjoyed the journey it would be so much better.  Sure I am still trying to figure out the steps to this dance called “Life” and it is still in my nature to think that I have to control and lead.  As I learned in the dance lessons, every time I start to clasp the hand and lead it would mess up my foot work.  Again I learned that when I tell God “I got this” usually within a short period of time I stumble.  He is always going to be there to put His hand out for us to hold on to as He gets us back on our feet.

Once this all started coming together in my heart and in my head, it was amazing the path that God took me down.  It was filled with love, friendship, joy and peace.  Along the way His grace was overflowing.  It has been so much fun learning how to dance.  It has opened up a whole new world to me, and I have definitely learned how to laugh at myself and not take myself quite so seriously.  Come with me and let’s learn how to dance together.  It will be fun and most of all it will be filled with LOVE!

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