“Where there is no guidance the people fall, But it abundance of counselors there is victory.” (Proverbs 11:14)
Have you ever slow danced? I remember slow dancing. Slow dancing was the only dance at which I was good. In fact, I was very good. Do you remember the song “Slow Dancing With the One You Love”? Well, that was me. Slow dancing was easy because it did not require much movement, and you could get really close to your dance partner. The only time slow dancing became difficult was when both partners wanted to lead. When that happened, the movement in the dance did not flow with the music, and everything was uncomfortable and herky-jerky. At that point, the dance was not fun, but when one person surrendered to the lead of the other person the dance became pleasurable. You see the leader gives his partner gentle cues and nudges her into the next movement by pressing lightly in one direction or another. When one person is allowed to lead, two bodies became one, flowing beautifully. So it is when we surrender to God. He gently guides us and skillfully leads us into the waltz of our lives.
I read this about the word GUIDANCE: When you see the letter “G” one thinks of God, followed by “U” and “I”. Let’s break it down so you can understand what you need to see in the word “guidance”: God, you and I dance. In order to dance with someone: surrender, willingness and attentiveness from one person and gentle guidance and skill from another is required. Are you dancing with God and allowing Him to lead?
Naomi and Ruth
The story of Naomi and Ruth is a very good example of someone who danced with the Lord. Naomi, after losing everything in Moab, now returns to the land of her birth. She was a bitter woman, her life was in shambles and she was dancing with a partner called bitterness. The waltz of her life was not flowing as it should. Listen to her words:
“I left here full of life, and God has brought me back with nothing but the clothes on my back. Why could you call me Naomi? God certainly doesn’t. The strong One ruined me. And so Naomi was back, and Ruth the foreigner with her, back from the country of Moab. They arrived in Bethlehem at the beginning of the barley harvest.” (Ruth 1:21-22 The Message)
Sometimes as believers we need to stop focusing on the situation and focus on who is in our life.
Ruth, her daughter-in-law, who returned from Moab with her was about to dance the waltz of her life. Ruth allowed the Lord to lead her in a dance that would eventually lead to the deliverance of Naomi and a nation. Our God has a way of turning a disaster into a blessing. Expect the Lord to do new things for you. I am expecting the Lord to lead us into our destiny and purpose. Like Naomi, it is important that we look back and see where God has brought us from, and how the Lord delivered us out of every problem. We have faced challenging times, and we have experienced setbacks. Some of us were knocked down and some lost loved ones, yet God preserved us through the desperate hours. Cash flow may have been slow, yet God supplied all our needs. As long as we keep dancing with God, He will guide and supply us with all that we need.
The Bible says, “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Phi. 4:19) Just as Ruth allowed the Lord to lead and guide her to the field of Boaz, we need to also dance with the Lord, and He will provide all our needs. As you transition from one season to the next, keep dancing with the Lord; keep trusting Him and He will continue to lead and guide you into your next season.
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