I had a dream and in it Jesus was singing, “Come and dance with me.” I responded back and simply said, “I’ll dance with You Lord, but I don’t really know what You mean.” When I woke up, the melody and words were still ringing in my ears.
I meditated on the dream and looked up scriptures about dancing. So many of the scriptures referenced victory or war dances, but the melody He sang to me was different. It was beckoning me in an authoritative, yet loving, way.
God, Abba Father, brought to my mind a picture of how a little girl will stand on her daddy’s feet as he leads her into a dance. I believe that’s what God was trying to tell me. I don’t have to know the steps if I’m standing on His feet. I just have to be willing to dance with Him, to trust Him, to let Him lead.
So I stepped on nail-scarred feet and let the dance begin. With each step, I gained more freedom, greater love and deeper trust. My life’s dance was being perfected by standing on my King’s feet, by learning the rhythm and hearing the songs He was singing over my life.
The dance can begin today
It doesn’t matter where we are in life, the steps we may have forgotten or perhaps never even knew. The dance can begin today. You can hear the song of Heaven for your life. God is waiting to dance with you. Step by step, He will teach you to trust, He will teach you to allow Him to lead, and He will teach you to hear the heartbeat of Heaven and dance along.
“Come and dance with Me. Stand on My feet, Let Me lead. Step by step, beat by beat. Into your destiny, dance with Me.”
God was calling me to go beyond believing and to fully trust Him. The words translated “trust” in the Bible literally mean “a bold, confident, sure security or action based on that security.” To trust is not the same as having faith or belief. Rather, trusting is what we do because of our faith.
In the late 1800’s there was a great performer named Jean Francois Gravelot. He was a tightrope walker known as “The Great Blondin.” One of his greatest stunts involved walking a tightrope high above Niagara Falls. Blondin performed this death-defying feat more than once, adding elements of difficulty each time. Such as carrying his manager on his back.
He was quite the showman, he had a knack for engaging the crowd, stirring the suspense and excitement. Upon completing one attempt, he asked the crowd if they believed a second attempt would be a successful one. The crowd unanimously agreed it would.
Always looking to better his last great feat, Blondin now asked the crowd if they believed he could cross the falls on the tightrope while pushing a wheelbarrow. Having seen his previous stunt, and how seemingly easy it was for him, the crowd had no doubt he could pull off this new, more difficult one. Again, the response was unanimous, the crowd had no doubt “The Great Blondin” could do it!
Blondin was ready to attempt this amazing feat that only he could do, but before he set out on the rope, he had one last question for the crowd: “Which of you will ride in the wheelbarrow?” The crowd was frozen, still, silent. Not a single man or woman responded to his challenge.
All of those people witnessed Blondin cross the falls on the rope. They gained first-hand knowledge of his abilities. They had a well-founded belief that he could perform the more difficult stunt. Yet, when it came time to act on those beliefs, they were silent…still. They did not trust him.
Many of us have seen what God can do, and we believe, we have faith. However, when He calls us to “ride” or “dance” with Him, we’re often silent and we remain still.
Trusting is believing in the promises of God in all circumstances, especially in those where the evidence seems to be to the contrary.
Romans 4:17-18 (Message Version): “We call Abraham “father” not because he got God’s attention by living like a saint, but because God made something out of Abraham when he was a nobody. Isn’t that what we’ve always read in Scripture, God saying to Abraham, “I set you up as father of many peoples”? Abraham was first named “father” and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing. When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said He would do. And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples. God Himself said to him, “You’re going to have a big family, Abraham!”
Abraham dared to trust God to do what only God could do: Raise the dead to life! With a word make something out of nothing! When things looked hopeless, Abraham believed anyway. He didn’t live by what he couldn’t do, but by what God said HE would do. God is working even when we can’t see it. He is completely trustworthy.
“Do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord, no matter what happens. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.” (Hebrews 10:35-36)
Read more blog posts from Destiny Image authors, including Believing In The Waiting, also by Rachel Shafer.