Guidance has a beautiful message hidden within it and once you have discovered it, your perspective on being led by the Holy Spirit will be forever changed. Take a closer look at the word: GUIDANCE. Can you see it? God, U and I DANCE is clearly spelled out.
Dancing is a theme that has persisted through the ages, its extent reaching from literature, to film, to the stage, to competition, and on and on. Dancing often leads to romance or is a form of romantic courting which can be clearly seen in countless movies of the past 50 years, including these and more:
Dance is a relevant element of guidance and I would love to continue discussing the bearing of secular dance in film to the notion of guidance, but its portrayal in movies is besides the point of this post. Moreover, the post would probably turn into a short novel, and since I’m sure no one wants to read that, I will simply commence with my composition without delay.
God is a gentleman, and He will never force you to do anything you are opposed to doing or do not want to do. But when you allow Him to gently lead you in the dance of life, the song will magically come alive. He knows all the steps: how to turn you, where to lead you, how to keep in rhythm with the music that sounds hauntingly like the rustle of leaves in the wind, the morning song of a blue jay, the crash of the waves on the shore, the pounding of the rain on the ground, the bubbling of the stream running over rocks, the booming of thunder, even the chirping chorus of crickets at twilight. Dancing is a form of art, which requires not only time, talent, energy, and lots of practice, but most importantly absolute trust. Trust (confidence and dependence upon your partner) is the basis of living a victorious life. If successful, the two figures (you and God) will become a single entity which glides effortlessly across the floor. When the two become one, they seemingly float around the dance floor in perfect unison. It creates a special harmony between the couple that is completely unique from person to person.
If you let God lead, it doesn’t mean that you are weak or incapable of dancing, only that He knows infinitely so much more about the art of the dance and has been doing it for an inordinate amount of time longer than you have. Unfortunately, even though He knows all, the bad news for you is that allowing Him to lead does not mean that everything will be peachy-keen, that nothing will bump into you and mess up your rhythm, or that someday down the road you won’t choose to lead yourself or find someone or something else to lead your life. The fact of life is that no matter who you are or who is leading the dance, there will always be troubles that cause you to stumble or tempt you to go the other way from God. Life is never perfect, for any one of us. The good news, however, is that your dance will glide much smoother than it otherwise would have, and I guarantee you will have infinitely more happiness with God leading you. The key is that you have to LET him lead. You don’t have to. It’s your choice. You could to it all on your own. But where has that gotten you in the past? My bet is nowhere good. Am I right?
I know that for me trying to do everything on my own led me down a road of destruction that almost killed me. A road that He rescued me from and one that I never want to go back to; and I now know that with Him in the lead, I will never have to. But it all hinged on me. I had to choose to ALLOW Him to lead me. And sometimes I still try to take over, and then life gets really messy, because when both partners are trying to lead, chaos ensues. All the grace, poise, and every semblance of harmony are removed from the dance if both parties try to lead. It simply looks messy, feels disjointed, and becomes incredibly difficult and complicated. You are much more likely to run into adversity: tripping, bumping into others, falling flat on your face, dancing alone and looking really dumb, etc.
The absolute ONLY way to achieve peace in your dance of life is to say, “God, You and I dance, and I yield my will to you and I trust you to lead me in the Way everlasting.” This doesn’t mean that there will not ever be any hardships, but that it will be so much easier to recover from your stumbles with the help of your leader reaching down His hand to help you back up after your fall – ALWAYS. He knows all your strengths and weaknesses, and won’t let you get into any situation that you can’t handle!
Willingly acquiescing to God’s loving control and gentle guidance also means you can lean on Him anytime you feel the least bit shaky in your footing or the steps you are about to take. In fact, you should be leaning on Him all the time. The Bible says we are to be in constant communication with Him, and that He is always eager to hear and talk with you. He is there to guide you and you can always rely on Him; after all, as I said in the beginning, receiving guidance is all about TRUST. Trusting in that little tap from the Holy Spirit leading you in a certain way and choosing to follow in the way he tenderly directs. Guidance from Him can come in many forms, but if you search your heart, His still, small voice is always there within. Dancing with Him means you trust Him to show you the Way to live eternally with Him.
Dancing with God means you trust Him enough to say “yes,” take His hand and jump on the magic flying carpet that will take you to new heights where you’ve never gone before.
Just like the Grinch, when you cry, your eyes “leak” salty liquid known as tears. Immense tear-shed is colloquially known as weeping, thus, weeping creates pools of salty water. The Dead Sea was a place where salt water pooled, and although fresh water continually flowed in, since there was no outlet, the sea became stagnant and everything in it died. No living plant or creature could possibly survive in that extremely salty seawater. No matter how much fresh water you poured into it, the sea would remain the same because there was no ebb and flow of the water to replenish its freshness.
Oftentimes I have felt like weeping in reaction to what I was going through at the time, but the Bible says that when you go through the hard times, you are blessed with God’s strength to make it through to the fresh, new day ahead.
“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose hearts are the highways to Zion. As they go through the Valley of Baca they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength, each on appears before God in Zion.” – Psalm 84:5-7
When we put our trust in God we are blessed with His strength, so even when we go through a valley of Baca, which means weeping, it will result in a new spring. Rivers and springs that contain fresh water remain fresh because there is constantly an influx and out flux of what is coming in and what is going back out. They receive and pour out new water regularly. In the same way, freshwater lakes have a spring source of fresh water by which they are replenished, but they must also have an outlet to allow their waters to come and go. The regular changes in the water are what keep them from becoming inert and stagnant like the Dead Sea.
Similarly, the salt from weeping is washed away by the brand new fresh water. The spring is also replenished by pure rainfall, which increases the number of pools and adds a new and interesting facet to the spring with each pool. When you draw your strength – the fresh, renewing, and even Living water (aka Jesus) – from God’s abundance and let it flow freely in and through you, you will be transferred from one level of strength to an even greater level of strength! You can then deal with and handle much more trouble when it comes your way. Some people refer to something refreshing as a “breath of fresh air,” but in this context, I like to call it a splash of fresh water.
When Jesus is your source of life, healing, restoration, and strength, your existence will always be refreshed, filled with hope, and abounding in steadfast love. I can honestly tell you every time I have leaned on God as my sole supplier of “fresh water,” I have never been let down. He was (and is) always faithful to provide exactly what I need(ed) at the time, and even more! Always look to the Source of living water to renew your strength and wash away your tears, because He is the only one who can truly fill you up to overflowing with His joy!!!
Have you ever sat and thought about the word lift? Probably not, because you’re not as weird as I am. But this morning in church I started thinking about this word: lift. We have been studying the 15 Songs of Ascents in the book of Psalms in the Bible. This week we took a look at Psalm 123, which literally begins with the words, “I lift my eyes to you, to you whose throne is in heaven.” As I thought about the word lift, I realized it is an action verb, meaning: in order to lift something (like your eyes) you have to physically DO something. It is not a passive verb, such as “to think” “to want” or “to remind.” Lifting your eyes requires not only physical action but also putting forth effort in order to raise or elevate something (or someone) higher.
I believe often people think of God as this all-powerful being, or the “spirit in the sky” who lives up in heaven, far out of reach and incommunicable. But that is the furthest thing from the truth. When I lift my eyes up to heaven, it is not as a miniscule ant looking up to a giant aloof being; but rather it is an act of submission in reverence to the Almighty Creator of the universe. He is high and mighty not in a narcissistic way, but in a God-way – that is to say, He simply is literally ALL-mighty. It’s a fact. Anyways, when you look UP, you are not looking at yourself any longer, are you? Your eyes are literally taken off of yourself when you focus all your attention on the One who created you. It’s amazing, isn’t it?! For me, the best way to get myself off of my mind is to look up to God and find out what He has to say about me, my purpose in life, and His love for me.
Just two chapters before Psalm 123, the more widely known Psalm 121 begins, “I lift my eyes up to the hills, where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth.” The writer clearly states that the LORD God is the one who is in charge; literally God is the one sitting on the throne (Psalm 123:1). Since God is the only one in control, it follows that I must look up to Him – seek Him – for help, just as the psalmist says in Psalm 121:2. It makes sense that the creator has power over what he has created; just as a painter has the authority over his own artwork to say where it should be hung, what fame in which to put it, how much it should be sold for, etc. However, unlike a human artist, God retains influence over his creations once they have left His hands, though he entrusts his masterpieces to us humans. For example, God creates each and every baby (even unborn ones) uniquely just as an artist would shape and mold clay to create something beautiful and one-of-a-kind. But once a baby is born, God lets the parent(s) have responsibility for that little life – even though He still retains influence because He is the original sculptor.
Often, our culture asserts that God is only there to make our lives hunky-dory and keep us happy and content, and if He doesn’t fulfill our expectations of what the fairy tale “happily ever after” should look like, then we think He has abandoned us, hates us, doesn’t care about us, or never even existed at all. All too often we get addicted to our perception of what a “perfect” life should look like according to cinema, romance novels, or famous celebrity lifestyles. But the truth is that God is the original inventor of happiness and fulfillment in life, so how could He not care?
The bottom line is: what you believe about God’s adequacy. Is God enough for you? Do you truly believe that God is in control of your life and sufficiently able to handle all the ups and downs of it? I implore you; take a good, long look at what you truly believe about the One who created you! As Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world…” Life may not always be rosy-cheeked and peachy-keen, but the fact is that God is ALWAYS in control.
HER STORY is of bondage
a girl buried in her shame
no happy ending when you turn the page
the ink runs red with stains.
HER STORY is a lonely one
staring at the blades calling out
knowing soon the blood will come
too many tears to count.
a picture paints a thousand words
her scene is dull and grey
streams of blood flow from her arms
each day is more of the same
knowing only she is to blame
will she ever be whole
she asks, will my life ever change?
in HER STORY she dreams of HOPE
a life she never conceived
but pain overwhelms ‘til she can’t cope
falling to her knees begging please – help!
a picture paints a thousand words
her scene was dull and grey
streams of tears flow from her eyes
release from the pain of past years
she learned that she could never pay
the price required – He died in her place
now He writes HER STORY by His GRACE
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