Slow, slow … quick, quick … slow, slow … quick, quick … now side step and turn. For the last two months of Mondays my fiancé, Jered and I have been taking western dance lessons at the college. The two-step, waltz and swing were some of the dances that were being taught. We both have never done anything like this before. So the whole experience was fun, challenging, full of laughter and tiring all at the same time. One of the biggest lessons, which I, as the lady, had to learn was to let the man take the lead and follow his guidance. A nudge of his hand on my back, the slight raising of a hand or change of feet positions all have a meaning of what he is leading me to do next in the dance. Each instance may mean a spin, a half turn, a change of directions or even just his guidance of me through the crowded dance floor.
As I thought about it, Jesus was also one who was led. He was led by the Father in everything that He did. In John 5:19-20 Jesus says, “… Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel.” So if Christ, who is in us (Colossians 1:27), could do nothing of Himself and was led, so that must mean we need to be led also.
Many times in our dance lessons, I would try to take the lead or look over my shoulder to see where we were going. When I did this, confusion would follow and we would miss steps. So when Jered would notice I was doing this he would say, “Hey babe, look at me” and with a smile on his face he would say “I’ve got you, trust me.” So when I started looking at him again and trusting him to lead, the dance went a lot smoother.
In our human nature, we do this too, it’s hard for us to give up control and trust someone else to lead us. But that is exactly what God desires us to do with our lives, trust Him to lead. We also are not meant to understand all the places He takes us in this dance of life, whether good or difficult. We do have to remember WHO we are entrusting our lives to and WHO is the one leading us.
“Good and upright is the Lord; Therefore He teaches sinners in the way. The humble He guides in justice, and the humble He teaches His way. All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth, to such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.” (Psalm 25:8-10) … “As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.” (Psalm 18:30) … “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man who trusts in You! (Psalm 84:11-12).
No matter where or what He leads us into, we can trust, as believers, that “… we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28). We can fully trust this God, who loves us and takes care of us. Taking our lives into our own hands, thinking we can lead, does just what happened to me when I did that with Jered, the dance isn’t as beautiful as it was intended.
So how do we know His leading, His guiding and that we can trust Him? We need to get to know the ONE leading us. Read, study and immerse yourself in His Word daily. Remember, Jesus is this living Word! Prayer is also just as important. Don’t just repeat learned prayers, but really talk to Him as you would a friend. He cares and wants to hear from you, “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7) He so desires to be in relationship with you. By getting to know Him, we will see that He is so trust-worthy of Him leading our lives. So trust God to do the leading. Let Him turn the dance of your life, even the difficulties life brings, into something more beautiful than you could have ever imagined.
Letting Him Lead,