In the Word Wednesday: Dancing with the Star

Today, I am feeling achy. My head hurts, and my son has been sick since Sunday running high fever. So…1. Pray for us and 2. This is short and sweet this morning.

Sometimes when I’m my intimate moments with the Lord, I see a picture, a vision, whatever you’d like to call it. Maybe it’s because I’m a writer so a visual or a scene is how I understand. I don’t know.

I was sitting in my chair having my time with the Lord, before church on Mother’s Day, praying about my manuscript and some revisions that needed to be made.

 I remembered a scene, a vision, a moment with the Lord, from a long time ago. We were dancing in a ballroom. I knew it was him, though I couldn’t make out any real features on his face. The dance started slow and then as the music picked up, our steps became more complicated. He flowed smoothly, but I kept tripping and looking down at his feet to follow.

He lifted my chin and said, “Don’t look at my feet. Look into my eyes.”

I was confused, but I obeyed. My steps moved along with his, complimenting each other. The dance picked up tempo and the steps became increasingly harder, but as I looked into his eyes I moved freely. Only when I took my eyes off him and to his feet, did I trip.

I opened my Bible this Mother’s Day morning after remembering this dancing scene, and it fell to Psalm 32:8. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go. I will guide you with My eye.”

Today, I read my small devotion from The Word for you Today. It’s titled: “We get up again and keep going: Growing stronger through change

When the music changes, it’s time to learn some new dance steps, otherwise you’ll finish up sitting on the sidelines…learn to flow with them. ‘We are perplexed…but we don’t give up and quitWe get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 TLB

Dancing isn’t always easy. It’s work. It takes practice. And it takes pain.

But God loves us. He wants us to dance–with him. He wants to guide us with his eye into a beautiful glorious masterpiece. Only you can dance what he’s written for you!

Do you like to dance? What kind of dancing do you enjoy? Yes, Zumba counts!

21 thoughts on “In the Word Wednesday: Dancing with the Star

  1. I think I would pass out from Zumba! I seem to be more of a yoga/Pilates type of gal. I would love to dance more but seem to have no coordination for it. :O)

  2. Loved this! I love when God speaks directly to us through His word. Got the "good" chills from your story.

    Hope you and your son feel better soon. Keeping you in my prayers.

    I love to dance…just about anything.

  3. Dancing with our Prince – what an amazing picture to start the day. Great post – thanks so much for the reminder to look into the most beautiful eyes we'll ever see.

  4. Diane: I can zumba but when it comes to Warriors Pose, I can't keep my dang balance!

    Loree: Thanks for your prayers.

    Donna: You're giving me chills all over again! And yes, yes they are!

  5. This is lovely! And it immediately reminded me of how God, while I was at church, gave me loads of inspiration for my book. Ideas started coming to me. Even though I had finished the book, I was given stuff to make the book stronger.

    Great post!

  6. We are at the crossroads of our lives. My husband will not have a job at the end of this school year, he was RIF'ed. If I could just get my Hubby to read you blog Jesse, he would truly understand that God has a plan for him. That God is leading him on the path to his future. He just needs to let go and follow. I love your blog!!! and can't wait to read your book!!!!

  7. I love this post, Jessica! But I'm sorry to hear you and your son aren't feeling well. Praying that you both get well soon 🙂

    I'm a swing dancer. I love the Lindy Hop from the forties, with all its swivels and acrobatics. If you get a chance, give it a try. You'll be hooked!

  8. Jessica, what an awesome post. I have chills and my nose is stinging with tears over the beauty of that image. What an amazing, amazing God we serve. Thank you for sharing that vision with us. =)

  9. Oh… and I don't dance. 🙁 Except silly dances in the living room to the tune of Perryyyyy… Perry the Platapusssss!

  10. Mary: I will be praying for you and hubby. You're right God does have a plan. He loves ya'll too much not to.

    "Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?" MT 6:26

    "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11

    "…if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives…" 1 Peter 3:1 Sometimes you have to kick it up and just believe for them!
    I'm thrilled you enjoy the blog. It's why I write it!

    Brandie: Thanks for your prayers. Swing dancing sounds fun. Me and hubster have played around in the living room swing dancing. I knocked over a lamp. We quit! lol

    Michelle: Thanks! I'm glad it touched you. I like to silly dance too, usually a Salsa with my mop as I clean the kitchen floor! ha!

  11. D.U. Okonkwo: I get much inspiration for my books from worship services in church or just my quiet time in the mornings with the Lord. Thanks for commenting!

  12. I'm sorry you and your son are sick, Jesse. I hope full recoveries are just around the corner.

    I don't dance much, but I do groove with the praise songs on Sundays. I hear the music, and I can't keep still. 🙂

  13. Lovely post Jessica! I continue to ask the Lord to order my steps. Some days the path is plain, and other days the terrain to cluttered with temptations vying for my focus.

    Lord, today I want to dance:)

  14. I LOVE dancing though I'm uncoordinated. LOL This is a beautiful post about Jesus. So lovely. 🙂
    I hope you and your son get better soon!

  15. I haven't done much dancing in a long time. Except a little bit for a lip sync I did recently with some other moms for a church activity. But I did do ballroom dancing in high school and college and LOVED it. Great analogy.

  16. Jessica, I hope you feel better very soon!! Praying for you.

    This post about looking into His eyes really touched me. So often I look anywhere but and you're right, I stumble a lot then.

    Thanks for guiding me to day.

  17. VERY much needed this today! The rhythm in our household is changing even as we speak! Good changes, but changes still.

    Said a prayer for you guys. Hope you feel better quickly!

  18. The most wonderfully compassionate eyes we will ever have the opportunity to gaze into. I love the picture it gives me. I love the thought of it. I love what it will reveal to me. Ultimate forgiveness, mercy, love, compassion and the list goes on and on. What a wonderful post! Praying for you! My husband and I would love to take ballroom dancing someday. I am learing zumba through the wii…but my favorite type of dancing would be heart to heart and cheek to cheek with my hubby 🙂

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