The Dance of Life
Eagle Christian Ministries International

Countless times in my life I have seen the Lord minister and show me things in the most unexpected and unusual ways.  
I received the following revelation and understanding through a movie about dance and more specifically ballroom

Have you ever seen or watched ballroom dancing? If so you would have seen how two people could move gracefully
and harmoniously as one. In order to do that the man takes the lead and the woman follows.  In the movie they make a
profound statement: "by allowing the man to lead her, she must trust him. But more than that, she must trust herself."
If a woman does not trust herself, then how can she trust a man to lead her?  

When the Lord Jesus came down from heaven to earth to save us, He took the lead. He took that first step of bringing
man back to God. When a man and a woman enter a dance floor, the man takes the lead, inviting the woman to dance
with him by extending his hand toward her.  In this same way, with outstretched hand, Jesus is waiting for you to put your
hand in HIS, to trust HIM, allowing HIM to take the lead.  It then becomes our choice to follow Him or not. The man leads
and proposes the step.  It is the woman’s choice to accept by following.  To follow takes as much strength and courage
as to lead.   

Deut 30:19 says "I call on heaven and earth as witnesses today that I have offered you life or death, blessings or
curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants will live."  It is our choice if we will follow Jesus in the steps He has
already laid out for us.  Jer 29:11 (MSG) says "I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out--plans to take care of you,
not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for."  The Lord has His hand out and is waiting for us to accept
it so that He can lead us through life.  We must simply trust Him, and ourselves, enough to place our hand in His.  This
trust involves your complete surrender, casting all your anxieties, burdens, and fears on HIM.  In dancing, the man is to
exercise and display strength of character to not dominate his partner, but to take her on a journey until two become
one in a harmonious symphony of unity.  Our surrendering to the Lord Jesus is exactly this.  It is not control,
manipulation and dominance as some might believe, but it is guiding and gently leading our steps, moving us gracefully
and elegantly through the journey of life.

A dance between two people can only be done gracefully and in harmony when there is trust between partners.  We
now have the Holy Spirit living inside us, the ultimate dance partner, never pushy but always gentle.  When we need
guidance and direction in our lives we pray and ask Holy Spirit. John 16:13 says "However, when He, the Spirit of Truth,
has come, He will guide you into all truth. For He shall not speak of Himself, but whatever He hears, He shall speak. And
He will announce to you things to come." When Holy Spirit directs or "leads" us it is still our choice if we will follow Him.
He has already taken the first step and is waiting for us to take His hand.  But sadly so many times we choose not to
trust Holy Spirit and not take His hand, not allowing Him to lead us. We go our own way and do our own dance, which is
always incomplete. "It takes two to tango"  - to form a graceful dance, with two becoming and moving as one. John 17:21
says, "That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the
world may believe that You have sent Me.”

Unfortunately, there are many others who will extend their hand to you in the dance of life besides Holy Spirit.  But there
is only one Jesus.  "By allowing the man to lead her, she must trust him. But more than that, she must trust herself."  
Holy Spirit is there to guide you in all truth.  Sometimes the one extending their hand will look like Jesus, but not be
Jesus.  Sometimes you will even have two dancers – two leads – standing before you with their hands outstretched.  
This is where trusting yourself comes into play.  If you are confident in who you are, rooted and grounded in love, you
can trust yourself to truly hear the source of the voice of the one who calls you to dance.  The choice is always yours
as to whether you say “no, I will not dance with you” or you accept the offer from the only One who can truly lead you
safely.  Sadly, again, so many times we choose not to trust Holy Spirit and not take His hand, not allowing Him to lead us
away from the “fill in” or “counterfeit” dancer and to the “real”.  

I would like to challenge you today to make the choice of life, to completely trust Holy Spirit, to lean on and to be
confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and to allow Him to lead you in a beautiful dance - your life. He cares
for you affectionately, and will take care of you watchfully!

He has already taken the first step and has His hand out, waiting for you to take His lead.  Remember that not all flights
– not all nudges, not all outstretched hands – are Holy Spirit’s. Mat 24:24 (ASV) says “And many false prophets shall
arise, and shall lead many astray.” (Darby) says  “and many false prophets shall arise and shall mislead many”.  To
mislead means, “to lead in the wrong direction.”  Taking the wrong hand can cause us to get off track and end up in a
place we don’t want to be, and never planned on being.

(1Th 4:1)  “One final word, friends. We ask you - urge is more like it - that you keep
               on doing what we told you to do to please God, not in a dogged religious plod,
               but in a living, spirited dance.”

(Ps 149:3)  “Let them praise his name in dance; strike up the band and make great music!”

(Acts 17:28) “For in Him we live and move and have our being….”