So, there I stood, enrolled in a ballroom dancing class with my husband. We were progressing moderately well learning the box step, and how to turn and move around on the dance floor. Suddenly, our instructor announced, “Change partners!” I panicked, as the thought of dancing with a man other than my husband, petrified me. Soon, I found myself partnered with an older gentleman who had obviously been dancing for many years, and whenever I made a mistake I would utter, “I’m sorry.” Finally, he graciously said to me,
“Don’t keep saying you’re sorry, just get back in step.”
Life is like that. We’re going along just fine, then we stumble, feel anxious, make apologies, spending our time on efforts to make ourselves look better, or to explain or defend ourselves. Most of the time, however, all we need to do is simply get back in step and move on. Psalm 119:133 (NIV) states “Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.” God has set a path before us, one He has determined for us, and directs us in if we trust in Him. As we stand firmly in Him, acknowledge our sin, and then step forward confidently, we can dance to the music once again.
Exodus 4:10-17 tells part of the story of Moses and his reluctance before God to step out and lead the people of Israel into the Promised Land. My favorite excuse is Moses saying to the Lord, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” God’s anger burned against Moses, but despite this, He provided Aaron to go and assist Moses. He wants us, also, to quit making excuses and keep going. Even when we make mistakes. God will walk with us, teach us, and equip us in our weaknesses, as He did for Moses.
And, if you’re not sure what your path is, scripture encourages us to recognize the Lord, ask Him to show you His way, and direct your steps. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV) As in ballroom dancing, it will take practice and you should expect some missteps, but know He is your dance partner who takes the lead.
When we step out in faith, remember we’re not there yet and there’s plenty to accomplish, but our Lord Jesus is still on the throne and continually works in our lives. I know I haven’t arrived yet, but I pray, “Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight” (Psalm 119:35, NIV), as I stumble along on the dance floor of life.
Father God, I come before you today knowing I hesitate and stumble on the course you have set for my life. I acknowledge that often I’m fearful or full of excuses or worried about how I’ll appear to others. I recognize my sin, ask for your forgiveness, and request you lift my head and put me once more back on the dance floor. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Hebrews 12:1 (NIV): “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
Jeremiah 31:9b (NIV): “I will lead them beside streams of water on a level path where they will not stumble . . . .”
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