I learned to love dancing at an early age. Both of my parents were avid dancers and I would accompany them on many of their outings. Under the guidance of my father, one of the first things I learned was to allow him to lead. I learned to be attuned to the gentle pressure of his fingertips on my back or the slightest movement of his hand around mine. If I ever tried to do a step without following his leading, I would stumble and get out of sync with him. The cohesive flow between us would cease and the dance would become awkward and shaky. But at those times, my father would patiently guide me back into step.

I have found it to be the same with my heavenly Father. As I have moved across the dance floor of my life, there have been times when I have chosen to ignore my Father’s leading. I have chosen my own path rather than following the one God had placed before me. Through my foolish pride I have not always trusted His directions. Sometimes it has been out of enthusiasm that I have been caught up in my own plans and have gone my own way. But at other times it has been out of direct disobedience to Him. The result of both has been the same. When I have failed to trust that God’s way was the best way I have gotten out of sync with Him and ceased to feel the peace that comes through His heavenly rhythm in my life.

Being out of step with God is exhausting, confusing and full of turmoil and pain. It is only by allowing Him to lead us that we can find true peace.

“Trust in the LORD and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper” (Psalm 37:3).

When we have stumbled and forgotten how to dance with Him, He is still there, offering to guide us back into step. Our Father’s Word is trustworthy. Through it He offers direction and wisdom when we are lost and confused. He offers forgiveness when we have stumbled and fallen and He will gently pick us back up and continue to guide us…if only we allow Him to lead.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Secure in Him,

19 Comments

  1. What a beautiful memory of your father, Jo. And such an accurate analogy of us in a spiritual way. And yes, being out of step with our Heavenly Father is exhausting. I am so grateful He is so patient with us and so ready to guide us back into step again! Love and blessings!

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    1. Thank you, Trudy! God's mercy through His patience shows just how much He loves us! I am so thankful for His guidance! Blessings!

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  2. So true that the following life is a dance. Paul described it well in Colossians where he talks about struggling mightily with all HIS strength. He knew that the Colossians needed Christ in their lives, not Paul in their lives, and yet he worked hard in the strength God provided. That's such an intricate dance step, and I get out of rhythm with it all the time, but HE is patient!

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    1. Hi Michele! It is so easy to get out of step, isn't it? But, as we turn to God, He always guides us in the right direction! I am so thankful that when I don't know which way to go, I just need to follow His lead and it will be the right path! Blessings!

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  3. It is a dance - I don't always attend to the music, I"m afraid - and thankfully, since I have no rhythm nor can I spell it, I hang on tight most days.

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    1. I have trouble with the music sometimes, too! ;) But, also like you, hanging on tightly to our Heavenly Father keeps us in step! Blessings!

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  4. What a beautiful way to be able to compare allowing God to take the lead in our dance of life!! When you mentioned it being exhausting when we decide to do things our own way it automatically made me think of a Corrie Ten Boom quote that I referenced this week about doing things without the filling of the Holy Spirit. Visiting from #inspirememonday

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    1. Thank you, April! God's way will always lead us down the right path. I'm so grateful that He asks us to allow Him to carry our burdens!

      Blessings, Jo

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    2. P.S. April - What is your blog address? It didn't show up on your profile when you left your comment. I'd love to visit and read your latest!

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  5. "...I learned was to allow him to lead." What a lovely analogy! Thanks for linking up at InstaEncouragements!

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    1. Just like in dancing, things go so much smoother when we follow God! Blessings!

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  6. Jo, this is BEAUTIFULLY written and it has been an absolute pleasure to visit with you today! Thank you for sharing! God bless you! :-)

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    1. Thank you, Tai! I'm so glad you stopped by today and were encouraged! Blessings!

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  7. Beautiful memories and example to follow. Visiting you from mary geisen's link up. laurensparks.net

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    1. Thank you, Lauren! Allowing God to lead will always take us on the right path! Blessings!

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  8. What a beautiful analogy! All too often I think I'm qualified to lead.

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    1. Thank you, Anita! Yes, I think that many of us fall into trying to lead. But, that gets so exhausting! His way is always the best!

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  9. This is so good! It brings to mind my daddy having me stand on the top of his feet to dance with him.

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    1. I'm so glad you were encouraged, Elizabeth! Dancing with our fathers always brings back sweet memories!

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