From the Networks cyberforum:
“Like the choreography of a beautiful dance, the different ministries of God’s dance partners in the church are working together to bring God’s plan to fruition. God wants to dance with us.” (Brian Johnson – ‘Come Dance with Me’)
Dance is still quite new to me, having only started contemporary classes two years ago at the age of 34. It’s nice to know that I’m not alone here amongst ICDF family, in starting dance at a later age. I’ve been encouraged by remembering though, that the first thing I ever wanted to be was a ballet dancer. I was only three and I would look at the beautiful ballet picture books we had on our shelf that had belonged to an aunty who died long before I got the chance to meet her. She had loved doing ballet until she became unwell with leukemia as a young teen.
At 12 I tried Jazz ballet classes with friends, but it wasn’t my kind of dance, I realise now and I think also that I’d lost any natural mind-body connection for movement that I’d had. I was very much an in-my-head type of person. So it’s been a rewarding journey to get back in touch with my soul-body-movement connectedness.
I wasn’t going to share about the past to talk about this topic, but it’s so relevant to the present really isn’t it? In my dance and movement journey, I’m really feeling good about it all. My metaphorical dance with my Lord and Bridegroom is just really taking off, our partnering is closer, the music faster paced and more joyous.
After years of illness and fatigue and years of gradually getting back into life’s many facets, like studying, teaching classes, a new marriage, new responsibilities and socialising without a cloud of anxiety, I feel like I’m managing fairly well and that the fruitful future that I hoped for during so many years of pure struggle, doing just the bare basics of life, has arrived. It feels good. And I’m dancing with the Lord, letting Him carry me and lighten my steps. He spurs me on and lifts me higher than I could ever go without Him. He energises me and it’s glorious. I am clumsy at times, and I doubt at times, but I look to Him as He leads me through each transition.
I’m excited, because as I weave my dance into the larger work of ICDF, I find that my dance is in step with many others, though we’ve only just met. Our dances amplify each other’s and the combined effect creates reverberations that carry through the ground below our feet and out to those around. Those who see it are captivated and their hearts are captured by the joy and hope of it, the wordless message of new vibrant ‘spiritual energy’ Life! The rhythm speaks the message that every heart longs to hear: God is on the move. He’s a good God and He is moving to bring life and truth and healing and every good thing to His children that they would be a glorious bride. Joyous and fearless!
If only I could dance what is in my head. 😉