The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.” Psalm 24:1
It wasn’t my strong suite. I never could dance worth a hoot. I was born in the fifties and raised in the sixties and seventies and while everyone else was doing the boogie woogie, I was kinda left on the sideline. My best efforts somewhat resembled someone using one of those old-time vibrating, belt exercise machines—every part of your body going somewhere besides where it was supposed to. That’s the bad news. The good news is that I could pull off a slow dance. It wasn’t perfect but at least I didn’t look like I was totally clueless.
Another piece of good news is that I married someone who is very understanding about this dance thing. My wife Judy can put some moves on but since she knows I would embarrass myself if I tried, she rarely asks. But occasionally, ok, maybe rarely, we do slow dance and honestly…I like it. I mean what is there not to like about holding the person you love most in this whole world close and swaying together in time to the music? Not bad…no sir…not bad.
Now there are rules with slow dancing and one of the most important is that someone must lead. If you get a couple on the floor and they both want to lead you end up with stomped on toes and a hefty dose of frustration. But when there is surrender and cooperation even the most inexperienced couples are worth admiring. Surrender and cooperation—that’s a good combination for sure. And do you know what? It not only works on the dance floor with your sweetie…it works as we dance through life with the One who made us.
Imagine, if you can, if you will, that God invites you to dance with Him on the dance floor of life. Imagine, if you can, if you will, that you move onto the floor but there seems to be a problem…both of you want to lead. You soon find yourself tugging and pulling with the One you said you would follow and it ain’t pretty. You see, for the dance to work, One leads and one follows. That’s just the way it is. And when we allow the Leader to lead…it is a beautiful thing. It reminds me of two words that we need to remember in our relationship with our Father. Those two words are owner and steward.
You see, as God, He not only wants to lead…He owns. You might say it is His dance floor. The Bible makes it clear that He doesn’t own part of it…He owns all of it. Psalm 24:1 says, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.” So, you can see that He not only wants to lead—He has the right to lead. But being the gracious dance partner that He is, He allows us the honor of dancing with Him. He is owner of the dance…we are the steward of the dance. And trust me with this one—this is better than “Dancing with the Stars” because here you are “Dancing with THE Star” and it doesn’t get any better than that.
So, as you waltz thought this life be sure you have the right partner…some call Him Father but I like to call Him Dearest Daddy. And as you dance, allow Him to lead you across the floor because when it comes to dancing through life…well, He is the master. Afraid you might step on His toes? Don’t you worry, He loves you so much. Just let Him lead. He’s got this. Bro. Dewayne