I’ve never been a good dancer. Really that plain. Really that simple. I so very often have heard people say to me, “Awww, C’mon Joani, I know you can dance, ‘cos you have rhythm, being musical and all.” Nope. Nada. No dancing wonders for me.
Only dreams of such….
Yep. You’ve got it. When I grow up I would love to dance amazingly. A secret dream is to be the most brilliant ballroom dancer ever. Maybe because I grew up watching two of the most amazing people to ever glide across the floor, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. I love watching the two move as one. It mesmerized me. The lifts, twirls, spins, dips, and fun they had. Grace. Beauty. Together.
Not me. Clumsy, non-gliding me. ☺
I know that at this point you are sitting on the edge of your seat wondering why…. (If you please, just humor me.) The answer is, and to be perfectly honest: I don’t follow very well. My dancing-trust-issues have much to be desired, and that leaves me quite awkward on the dance floor. I trip, I stumble, I feel clumsy, and not-so-beautiful-but-instead-a-goober. Following the lead of my partner, and completely relaxing in the arms as they sweep me across the floor is something I struggle with.
This morning I was thinking about this (over a great cup of coffee), and realized I tend to be this way in life too. Some days instead of following the lead of the One who guides me, I balk. The dance of life is awkward for me many days.
So, I visited the wikipedia, ☺ and I looked at the definition for leading and following in ballroom dance. “The Lead is responsible for choosing appropriate steps to suit the music, and leading the Follow by hand pressure and signals to complete the chosen steps smoothly and safely. If the dance is a set routine, the Lead is still responsible for initiating each move, which ensures smooth coordination between the two dancers.”
So, actually, the “follow” position should be the easy one. He chooses the moves. He sets the step into action. He ensures the smooth coordination for the two dancers.
If only I completely always trusted the hands that held me. If only I followed the lead, even when I didn’t understand. Instead of balking and not trusting myself, as well as He that leads me, if I would only trust Him – and then glide as I fall into complete step with His lead.
More than likely, you will not see the day that I am on television famous for my amazing gliding techniques spinning and twirling with a big smile on my face… What I do hope for is that each day I learn to trust more and more, as I follow with complete ease the lead of the One who I will dance with forever.