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Dancing as David danced

 

Life’s a dance you learn as you go, according to an old country song.

We danced on Saturday night, as the St. Ann Catholic Church faith family celebrated 50 years of being a parish in La Vernia.

It was a wonderful celebration, with a beautiful Mass in the church, followed by a dinner and dance in a very packed La Vernia Chamber of Commerce Hall.

I danced, too. I love the cumbia; I have since I was a teenager, dancing in the St. Michael’s parish hall in Anson, Texas -- the only place we could dance in that county at that time. I’m thankful to my mom and my lovely friend -- who was celebrating a sacrament Saturday -- who joined me in dancing with abandon in the joy of the moment.

Later, a friend invited me out onto the floor for what I knew was a two-step. He said he didn’t know how to dance to “this kind of music,” but he and his wife are lovely dancers, and I knew I was in good hands. However, he wasn’t leading me in a two-step, and I couldn’t get my head around that to follow what my very adept dancing partner was trying to lead me through, beautiful as it was.

This got me thinking.

Life is a dance, as the old song says.

We have a Master musician, who gives us beautiful music, if we take the time to listen.

He leads us wonderfully through the sometimes-intricate steps, if we release our inhibitions and let Him guide us.

I can only speak for myself here. I’m a control freak.

I hear snorts as some readers who know me well spew coffee and try not to laugh out loud. I said it. I’m a control freak. (They say confession is good for the soul!)

I find it hard to “let go and let God.” But when we do, it’s a beautiful thing. We can’t always see it as it happens, but life’s dance is an incredible, intricate, amazingly choreographed wonder -- when we let go and follow where He leads, a gentle hand to guide us.

The psalms are full of encouragement to sing, make music, and dance our praise to the Lord. One of my favorite songs is “David Danced,” based on the story that King David -- filled with the Spirit of the Lord -- danced in joy as the ark of the covenant was brought into the city. “And David danced before the Lord with all his might” (2 Samuel 6:14)

Some folks say he danced his clothes all but off.

When he was admonished by the daughter of Saul, the former king, David was unapologetic.

“I will celebrate before the Lord. I will become even more undignified than this,” he said (2 Samuel 6:21-22).

David danced.

He danced with abandon, leaping in celebration. He placed his trust and found his joy in God.

Do we let go of our inhibitions, of what we think we’re doing, and simply “let God”?

Do we let him lead us through the dance?

 
 
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