Learning to DanceBy Trillia Newbell | March 13th, 2013 | Category: Uncategorized | 4 comments
Do you dance? I am not much of a dancer. I never took ballet, dance, or tap lessons. If I attended a ball, I wouldn’t be able to even dance a simple waltz. Despite my awkward and failed attempts at dancing, I do love music. It stirs my soul and speaks to me in ways that nothing else can.
When I see someone dance, one who really knows what they are doing, it’s nothing short of magical. Their body moves in complete harmony with the beat–an intimate union of music and movement. They move so fluidly, it’s as though they don’t need to think about it. Not unlike breathing, dancing seems intrinsic to their very being.
Not so for me.
Some theologians liken the love between the members of the Trinity to that of a dance. C.S. Lewis wrote, “In Christianity God is not a static thing…but a dynamic, pulsating activity, a life, almost a kind of drama. Almost if you will not think me irreverent, a kind of dance.” Tim Keller wrote in King’s Cross that “The Father, the Son, and the Spirit are pouring love and joy and adoration into the other, each one serving the other. They are infinitely seeking one another’s glory, and so God is infinitely happy. And if it’s true that this world has been created by this triune God, then the ultimate reality is a dance.”
God enjoyed this love between the members of the Trinity so much, He created us so that we too can share in this experience of love and joy. We were made to enter this mutual self-giving dance, orbiting around God as our center. We encircle Him, glorifying, loving, and serving Him. As we learn the dance, we increasingly love others in the same self-giving way that Christ loved us.
What this means is: I was made to dance.
Many days, I don’t enter into the dance. I sit out on the side, a wallflower watching the dance from a distance. Pouting that no one dances with me, I remain focused on myself and my needs. I live as though the world should revolve around me and my desires. I become immobile and stuck in my self-centered ways, unable to truly love those around me. I’m not living what I was made to do–dance. And if I stay there, I’ll never experience the full reality of love.
But Jesus doesn’t let me stay there.
Though I’m not a dancer, He’s graciously invited me to participate. He made a way for me to enter the dance hall, even though I shouldn’t even be there. Jesus even provides me with the dancing clothes. When I put them on, I sway back and forth, delighting in the clean whiteness of them. As I move, the clothes He’s given me brilliantly reflect His glorious light. Then He calls me out on the dance floor. I hesitate because I don’t know the moves. But He instructs me, showing me how to do each step. Then He fills me completely with His Spirit so that the rhythm becomes part of the very fabric of my soul.
He’s teaching me the dance of true love. He’s enabling me to love as He loves. As He pours His love into me, I overflow with that love to others. And so we move, swaying, leaning in, leaning back, turning and twirling. I stumble and He catches me. I miss a step and He corrects it.
The more I dance, the more I discover who I truly am.
Jesus has invited you as well. You too were made for dancing the dance of self-giving, other seeking, self-less love. You too were made to participate with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in their dance of glorious joy. It’s the dance you’ve always wanted to dance. But don’t worry, He’ll teach you the steps.
It’s time now to practice there is a Great Dance coming. We need to learn our dance moves now to prepare us for that forever dance. There we will spend eternity, experiencing the perfect love of the Trinity where no one trips, steps on toes, or forgets a step. We’ll only receive and give perfect love, rejoicing forever that we were brought there by The Lord of the Dance himself.
Christina Fox is a homeschooling mom, licensed mental health counselor, writer, and coffee drinker, not necessarily in that order. She lives in sunny S. Florida with her husband of sixteen years and their two boys. You can find her sharing her faith journey at www.toshowthemjesus.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ToShowThemJesus