Someone asked why I like to dance so much….had to ponder that one a bit. To me, it’s many things. Dancing is the best compliment you can give a band, it’s a way to turn their music into movement. It’s like telling a story for the music sometimes. Sometimes it’s just simply a thing to do while listening to music. There’s a magic to dancing that occurs when two people simultaneously find something special woven into the beat, rhythm, tune, and lyrics of music. They both feel the music, it moves their souls. It’s when they are in sync completely with one leading, one following. It’s comparative to riding a horse. The magic is being on the same page as the partner. One of the main reasons I like to dance though is because it reminds me of relationships, especially marriage.
One leads, one follows. It takes two, and each one is just as important. For without both, there is no dance, and it sure isn’t pretty! For a man, he is the leader, He uses his hands and certain cues to move and guide the lady through different and sometimes difficult moves just as a husband guides his wife in life. He takes into account her strengths and weaknesses and dances accordingly to this so that he may lead her well. Perhaps he teaches her something new and challenges her to grow. Through this, he may teach her to trust him as well. Confidence and firm arms help her. If he lacks this confidence, direction and know-how, he looks for it. He may find aid in his partner, the one teaching the dance, other dancers, and instructions. This is just how he may find instruction for life in God’s word, his wife, fellowship and men from all walks of life and experiences. He seeks to better himself so that he may lead more effectively.
The lady may help and must help the man. She must be equally as firm with her arms but willing to follow him much like God commands us to do with our husbands in life. She may also build his confidence. If she knows her partner well enough, when he hesitates or stumbles, she can pick up where he is struggling for she knows what he is trying to accomplish. She’s never truly leading the dance but is always alongside as reassurance. She is a well of strength he may draw on, and the lady complements her man. This role is similar in life. She may challenge him with ideas of new moves and ideas. She must seek to better herself as well so she may help the dance. Such is life. If both partners attempt to lead, the dance falls apart. If both try to follow, the dance goes nowhere and is stagnant. However, if both dance how dancing was intended to be, it’s beautiful and flourishes. I feel a marriage is like this, and dancing is my reminder and example.
Both dancing and marriage ultimately are examples for me about our relationship with God, The relationship between God and His church, His body, is like this. He wants to instruct and lead so we may have a life which is beautiful and glorifying in His eyes and ways. He wants that intimacy with us. Replace the man with God and the lady with us, and maybe you will see what I mean and why dancing is my example of something very special.