Two Steps Right

A little change in perspective is so good for the heart sometimes, isn’t it? I am no dancer.  The Nana called me “Grace” growing up and it surely wasn’t because of my ability to be graceful.  Not even remotely.

But life is, I’ve found one great Dance.

I have found myself doing a little dance that I don’t like, lately.  Maybe it’s one you can relate to?

Make a To Do List, dosie-doe;

Work to accomplish it, around I go;

Measure myself by another’s stick

Dip and loop, feel downright sick;

Guilt and Shame weigh down this heart,

Drag myself back ’round to start.

But, lately?

Lately, I feel my Dance Instructor teaching me some new dance steps. Steps that require less of my effort and more dependence upon Him. Moves that don’t involve me watching “the rest of the class” to see what they are doing and follow suit.  No. He wants me to move the two steps right that will be best for the dance He’s created for me, only.

He started planting these moves in my heart some time ago – around the time that He reminded me that I am never going to be enough – without Him.  That I am never able – without Him.  That I am never alone; or – without Him. He’s been modeling these steps in His Instruction Manual for thousands of years. But, at the time that I first read them, I wasn’t concerned enough about what He said to do.  I was looking more towards my fellow dancers.

Not now.

No.

Now, I am looking at my Teacher and I am eagerly awaiting the next dance moves that He meant for me.  You see, I have found that my heart is filled with a new confidence in His ability to direct my moves and steps.  They are so much more graceful – with Him.  They are far more powerful – with Him.  They are accomplished far more easily – with Him leading.

I know, now, that my Dance Instructor loves me with an everlasting love.  I know that His mercies are new every morning that this clumsy dancer needs a fresh start.  I am sure, now, that if I fall, He will be there to help me up.

And that dance that I spoke of before?  It is a thing of the past.  As my heart continues to gain confidence in my Dance Instructor’s love for me, I trust Him and dance with abandon.

For Him.

With Him.

In Him.

And, although I may never be called “graceful”, I will be called Loved.  Redeemed.  Worthy.

Yes indeedy.

And I can dance to that!

How about you?  Do you find your heart racing for all of the wrong reasons lately?  May I encourage you to sit, rest, and look to The Master Dance Instructor again?  He longs to direct your steps and make them straight. Oh, how He does!

Today, I am linking up again with the community over at Proverbs 31 Ministries’ Online Bible Study.  Weekly, we meet together to discuss “A Confident Heart” by Renee Swope.  Click the button below to see what other heart confidence is growing as we study together.

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24 thoughts on “Two Steps Right

  1. Missy, I can so relate, I stumble and fall, but our Jesus is always there to pick me up. Thanks so much for your blog, really enjoying and relating to your thoughts.

  2. I can hardly keep up with all this writing you’ve been doing. But, girl, I’m loving it so. And this made me realize I’ve been doing the same dance and not paying close enough attention to my Instructor. Excellent word play, wonderful analogy, fantastic message. I heard it loud and clear. Thankful for my Missindeedy fix! So great! 🙂

  3. Missy I just love your blog. The visual of dancing with The Lord as the dance instructor leading step by step. Thank you for sharing that God directs the steps meant for each of us personally. Thanks for blessing me. God bless you as you continue to dance with the Master Instructor.
    Marilyn ( OBS Group Leader)

    • Thank you so much Marilyn. I am blessed to walk alongside such brave people diving into God’s grace, headfirst, each and every day.

  4. Wow! I can completely relate to your “dance.” What a wonderful analogy! I am definitely not a graceful dancer myself–in any sense of the word. I just love the fact that one day, I will be able to “dance” excellently on those streets of gold!

    • Danielle – do you know that I hadn’t ever even gotten that far in my thinking of this analogy? That WE will be able to dance perfectly on the other side of glory? Awesome!

  5. Blessing Missy, this is so inspiring to me. Let me explain. I have always wanted to dance, but I have two left feet and they don’t move in one accord. I have prayed for years asking the Lord if He will enable me to dance for Him when I see Him in heaven. I’ve told this dream/prayer to many people. You have given me the picture that when dancing the lady always follows the lead of the man, just like our lives are to follow the lead of the Man, Jesus. No wonder I can’t dance!
    Love and prays,
    Barbara

    • Barbara, you shed light on this whole thought process for me. Thank YOU! Following His leading is something my own 2 left feet struggle with. Often. I’m praying He gives us both the patience to wait as He leads.

  6. After reading your blog I am reminded of an old John Michael Montgomery song and the lyrics

    Life’s a dance you learn as you go
    Sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow
    Don’t worry about what you don’t know
    Life’s a dance you learn as you go

    Sometimes we do try to lead but it does us no good no matter how hard we try. We must always let God lead us in every dance.
    You are an inspiration, thanks for your wonderful words!!

    • Oh dear. I’m teary. JMM was one of our wedding dance songs. Thank you for your kind encouragement. I am always surprised and amazed at how God can use my jumbled up thoughts for His glory. May we all keep #MovingForward!

  7. Love this post soooo much! I can totally relate to your dancing analogy – I also will never be called graceful, but I’m so grateful for all that I am to our Creator. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us! (OBS Group 28)

    • All that we are to our Creator is what I hope to remember when I stumble. And so thankful for His grace for the grace-less among us. Thank you sister!

  8. Missy, I LOOOOOVVVVVEEEE the dance analogy!! I always enjoy reading your blog and always leave with a smile on my face. Thank you for being so uplifting. May The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. (Num 6:24-26 ESV). Love you!! ~~ Marlene OBS small group leader

    • Love YOU Marlene! Thank you for your encouragement. It’s amazing how God allows so many of our hearts to be able to feel similarly, isn’t it? I am so grateful for the prayer and for the speaking of God’s Word right over this stumbly 2 stepper. ❤

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