Learning to Dance

Analogies

A few years ago I took a dance class at a gym that I quickly fell in love with.  Normally, if I’m on a dance floor or really anywhere that would require freestyle dancing, I totally chicken out.  But when I was in this class, I became free to dance because someone else was showing me exactly what to do.  So I got to experience the fun of dancing without the pressure to come up with my own moves!  So great!  Anyway… since then, dance classes have become my very favorite.  

During most of the class, I have to keep my eyes on our instructor to make sure I’m doing the right moves.  Don’t want to keep doing the monkey while everyone else has moved onto the kick, ball, change right?! So I keep my eyes on my teacher.  I feel like there are 3 major stages in learning new dances.  The first stage, I just try to learn the basic movements.  “Ok, four steps to the right, four steps to the left, now jump three times.”  Once I’m comfortable with the basic moves, the second stage is paying attention to the little details.  “Oh! She actually turns her hips to the left there.  Ok left foot goes behind my right not the other way around.  See the way her arms are held strong and not flimsy on that part?” and so on and so on.  This stage can last forever as most good teachers have so many moves and nuances to learn from.  However, this next and final stage is pretty darn critical to move onto.  It’s called the “looking in the mirror to make sure you really look like what you think you look like” stage.  The tendency exists to watch the teacher the whole time without looking in the mirror – similar to singing to the radio with the volume up so loud you can never hear yourself.  This can be super fun because it’s easier this way to pretend I’m the next reigning champion on “So You Think You Can Dance”. But, the mirror has a great way of bringing things back to reality.  This is where I get to see where I really am and make adjustments as needed.  

As I’ve been dancing the last few years, I’ve often thought about how similar this process of dancing is to the process of seeking to know and follow God.  And each step in the process is just as important as the next.  If I don’t show up to class or look at my “Teacher”, I miss the opportunity to learn from Him.  I miss the opportunity to dance in freedom while He shows me the next step.  If I stop there and don’t pay attention to the details of His movements,  I may miss the subtlety of His graceful ways.  And finally, if I don’t turn to look in the mirror, I’ll miss the chance to take an accurate account of where I am to make needed adjustments to my moves.  

And just when I think I’ve got the moves perfected, a new song comes on and I start learning to dance all over again.  

   

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Ponder – a song

Poetry

pon·derˈpändər/

verb

1. think about (something) carefully, especially before making a decision or reaching a conclusion.                   

When I was a little girl

And fairytales were my whole world

I stopped to ponder You

Nighttimes wishin on a star

Wondering where and who You are

I stopped to ponder You

Struggling and livin on a dime

Lost and cryin all the time

I stopped to ponder You

Had some kids of my very own

No longer feeling all alone

I stopped to ponder You

Getting older every day

Wondering if I’ve lost my way

I stop to ponder You

Answers still not comin round

Hoping we’re all eternity bound

I stop to ponder You

This whole world leaves gifts and pain

It’s the journey and the friends we gain

Yet no matter where I am and what I do

I stop to ponder You

Struggle 

Poetry

There’s a little extra pain in my tears

A little more sorrow in my heart

The struggle is getting the best of me 

Each day I’m not sure how to start

One breath at a time

I slowly move forward and pray

That I’ll see something, hear a word

That sounds different than it did yesterday

At This Point in My Life

Poetry

Excerpt from “At This Point in my Life”

by Tracy Chapman 

…..

At this point in my life

Although I’ve mostly walked in the shadows

I’m still searching for the light

Won’t you put your faith in me

We both know that’s what matters

If you give me a chance I’ll try

You see I’ve been climbing stairs 

but mostly stumbling down

I’ve been reaching high 

always losing ground

You see I’ve conquered hills 

but I still have mountains to climb

And right now right now 

I’m doing the best I can

At this point in my life

…..

At this point in my life

I’d like to live as if only love mattered

As if redemption was in sight

As if the search to live honestly

Is all that anyone needs

No matter if you find it

You see when I’ve touched the sky

The earth’s gravity has pulled me down

But now I’ve reconciled that in this world

Birds and angels get the wings to fly

If you can believe in this heart of mine

If you can give it a try

Then I’ll reach inside and find and give you

All the sweetness that I have

At this point in my life

At this point in my life

Songwriters: Tracy L Chapman

Journey Part 2

Poetry

Goodbye my familiar path

Off to the wilderness

I’m going it alone

I’m restored and had my rest.

I’m not what you think of me

I’m not the sum of my mistakes

I’m on a journey and learning

And every now and then I need a break

But my shoes are back on

My laces pulled tight

I’ve loved, lost and been beaten

I’ve forgiven and done right.

Thanks for all the lessons

I’ll see you at the top 

Whatever trial you face on your journey

Don’t give up, don’t stop

The Journey

Poetry

There are some unpaved roads ahead

It looks a little rough

My heart is ready, my water is filled

My soles are a little tough

 

The winds may knock me down

A time or two or three

I may need to stop and rest

I need to remember to breathe

 

But this is what I’m made for

Walking this wilderness

Experiencing life and learning

Becoming my very best