Monday, November 07, 2005
Dancing With God
My eyes drew back to the word Guidance.When I saw "G” I thought of God, followed by "u" and "i"."God, "u" and "i" dance."God, you, and I dance. As I lowered my head, I became willing to trust that I would get guidance about my life. Once again, I became willing to let God lead.
My prayer for you today is that God's blessings and mercies be upon you on this day and everyday. May you abide in God as God abides in you. Dance together with God, trusting God to leadand to guide you through each season of your life. And I Hope You Dance
Contrary to popular belief, I did not write this. It was forwarded to me in an email by Chris Barbar a member of our church.
A Bit Cheesy...But Good Advice
Guidance: God U and I Dance
The version included below is the one I remember writing …It was written when I was doing a self study on dance worship… there are several on the Internet that have a pray at the end…that I do not remember. It was written as an email to my sister sometime between 1999 and the fall of 2003, at first I thought it was from the middle to the late 1990’s. After giving it some thought I realized it had to be between January 27th 1999 (When my husband died), and the fall of 2003 when I sold my home on Lake Coeur d’ Alene. I remember writing it at my desk on the lake, and it was after my husband had died. In 2003 one of my cousins, Earlene, sent me a forward she received and wanted to share. When I started reading it, it was like déjavu. Yesterday May 15, 2007, I came across the “Guidance…God…U…and…I …dance”, so I did a search out of curiosity. I could not believe what I was finding…how far this had spread. I called my sister and ask her if she had forward the email on to anyone…she did not remember doing so. She said she did share it with her pastor…but as a print out copy, not an email. She is going to search her files for the original. I hope she can find it, because I don’t remember the exact date, or wording. I don’t remember sending it to anyone but my sister. I have been trying to trace down from the different websites, blogs, etc. How they first received this. I have two reasons for my inquiry… I know God shares the same insights with many in His body... One, is this what happen, or two, is this all from my original email? It has been humbling, and sad to me. Humbling to extent of how far this has traveled, and how many it has blessed. Sad, because God gave me something precious and I didn’t recognize its worth to others. My sister said I should have had it copy written…I said, “no”…it is not mine, but God’s, He just blessed me with it. She whole heartily agreed. I have a problem with people commercializing things given to them from God. If there is any credit due to an author of this it has to go to Him. I humbly pray that from this day forward, I will do more with the treasures my Father shares with me. Blessing, Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem …His servant, Jean Rhodes
The version that is the closest to what I remember…
“When I meditated on the word Guidance, I kept seeing “dance” at the end of the word. I remember reading that doing God’s will is a lot like dancing. When two people try to lead, nothing feels right. The movement doesn’t flow with the music, and everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky. When one person realizes that, and lets the other lead, both bodies begin to flow with the music. One gives gentle cues, perhaps with a nudge to the back or by pressing lightly in one direction or another. It’s as if two become one body, moving beautifully. The dance takes surrender, willingness, and attentiveness from one person and gentle guidance and skill from the other. My eyes drew back to the word Guidance.
When I saw “G: I thought of God, followed by “u” and “I” dance.” God, you and I dance. As I lowered my head, I became willing to trust that I would get guidance about my life. Once again, I became willing to let God lead.”
When I was thinking about the part when one leads and another follows in the dance, I remembered when I went to my first teenage dance…I didn’t know how to dance, and my partner was trying to lead, but I was also. It was a disaster … I stepped on his toes, he stepped on mine, and neither of us were keeping step with the music. It has always fascinated me, after I learn to dance…how you can have two people moving together with such unity, when the one doesn’t know what the leader is going to do next. You come into a oneness that you sense the others movements in the nanosecond before it happens. We are so awesomely made