Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.” There is something mystical that happens when we dance.
Whether it’s swaying to the music in a lonely pub, on the lawn a bluegrass festival or in a stately palace adorned with domes and flying buttresses. To dance is divine. I believe that it’s the desire of every human body, to move to the sound of some glorious music, in tandem to the secret rhythm of life.
I recently learned that in Vienna, Austria they still hold a plethora of balls and gala’s each year, 400 each winter to be exact. Locals and visitors come to dance the Waltz in some of the most beautiful palaces in the world. Decked to the nines in full length evening gowns, tiara’s and tuxedos, they take to the floor and move to the music of Johann Strauss. What could be more elegant, more sophisticated, and so delightful? But then, one must have a good dance partner right? Well, they’ve solved that problem in Vienna as well. If you are so inclined, you can hire a taxi dancer, yes, that’s what I said, a taxi dancer.
Someone usually under the age of 40, who knows exactly what their doing and will be able to glide you effortlessly across the dance floor, apart from stepping on toes and causing calamity. Wouldn’t that be nice?
I have often heard the metaphor, that life is a dance. And I believe that’s true. There have been many times though, when I have felt awkward, when things seemed forced and I’ve been thrown off balance. Doing life, hasn’t always been a Viennese Waltz. But then again, I guess that depends on the dance and the dancers. I confess that most of my life has been about me — trying to lead and not follow.
But, Jesus tells us that we are to follow, and let Him lead. This, of course, sounded like an up-side down pineapple bunt cake, when I first heard it. I mean, really? I’m a type A personality. How do you do that? So a good portion of my spiritual training has been learning how to surrender, and let The Lord lead. Nothing spells disaster so fast as having two partners on the floor, both trying to control things simultaneously. These words come to mind: chaos, struggle, striving, forced, unbalanced, stressful.
Yes, but when we trust Jesus and know that He has our best interests at heart, we can relax. When we take time to meditate on his great sacrifice and love for us, we can trust. We can loosen our limbs, rest our hands in His and let him take us where we need to go. We may not know the next step, but I am confident he will guide us, as we remain sensitive to his leading. It’s not an easy thing: surrender. I have struggled immensely over the years with, letting go. I suppose I like the idea of always “getting my way” and being in control. But the reality is, we live in a tiny bubble, each one of us. God see’s the whole picture: He see’s our past, our present, our future; He see’s obstacles and problems where we might only see opportunity and pleasure; He see’s danger, where we may see only innocent fun; He knows what we really need for the long run, and not just for the moment. I’m reminded of Isaiah 55:9, ” For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
You see, I’m slowly learning, that God loves me because of who I am, and not because, I do this thing, right, or that thing, wrong. He loves me because I belong to Him. He takes pleasure in me because He chose me for himself. I don’t have to work to please him and neither do you. God loves us. He is sovereign. He knows your hurts and your pain. His desire is for us to rest in Him. I have a deer friend who once told me that each night, before he lays down, he prays to God, releasing into his hands all the worries and troubles of the day. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you,” Peter 5:7.
If we want our lives to be a beautiful dance, if we want to glide across the floor with ease and not struggle, we need to make sure we let Jesus do the leading. He wants our lives to matter. He wants us to let go and stop trying to control things. If we trust Him to lead, we will get where we need to go. Our lives can be as smooth as a Viennese Waltz.
References: Wikipedia, Vienna Unwrapped.com.