December 28, 2011
Following God’s Lead
The LORD says, I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you (Psalm 32:8 NLT).
Friend to Friend
Several years ago, my husband and I decided to take a few ballroom dance classes. I wanted to be the next Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. So we signed up for a six week class. The first thing we learned was the Fox Trot, which is like making little boxes with your feet. I put my right hand on Steve’s left shoulder and my left hand into his right and we began to march in little boxes. Slow, slow, quick, quick.
The teacher explained that Steve was the leader and I needed to learn how to follow his cues. But I had trouble with this. After all, I was the better dancer and felt that if he would just let me lead, then the classes would go a lot quicker. But that’s not how it works. Steve was the leader, and I had to learn how to follow. For the first few weeks, the teacher kept saying, “Sharon, you’re leading again.”
Here’s the thing. Steve was the leader and I needed to learn how to trust him. Did you catch that? It was really about trusting him. And that’s the same way it is with God. When we learn how to trust Him, our walk through life becomes a beautiful dance. God, as the leader, has the hard part. We just have to learn to follow His lead, to trust Him. Then we get to dip and spin and make the fancy moves. He actually makes us look good.J
Steve and I are still no Fred and Ginger, but I have learned how to follow his lead on the dance floor. And when it comes to my dance with God, I’m learning how to follow His lead as well. And let me tell you, He knows all the right moves.
I want you to think about that today. When you give up control and learn how to trust God, He turns your walk through life into a beautiful dance that’s He’s choreographed just for you.
Jesus, today I’m trusting You! I’m giving up control and following Your lead. Help me to follow Your cues…Your gentle nudges throughout the day. Thank You for extending Your hand and inviting me onto the dance floor of life! I think I hear the heavenly host playing our song!
In Jesus’ Name,
Now It’s Your Turn
In your own life, would you say that you tend to take the lead and ask God to join you, or does God have the lead and you join Him? That’s a tough question. We know what the answer should be, but what is the reality of your life?
What does relinquishing control look like? How do you relinquish control and yield to God’s leading in your life?
I’d love to hear your ideas? Let’s share at www.facebook.com/sharonjaynes.
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