Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Does God Dance?

(This post is a rewrite of one I did last year)

Do you dance with abandon? Or do you “keep it on the inside?”

Remember that Robin Williams line in The Birdcage? "You do an eclectic celebration of the dance! You do Fosse Fosse Fosse Fosse Fosse! You do Martha Graham Martha Graham Martha Graham, or Twyla Twyla Twyla, or Michael Kidde Michael Kidde Michael Kidde Michael Kidde, or Madonna Madonna Madonna Madonna... but you keep it all inside."

That's me. I love to dance, but my passion is on the inside. Oh, but if you could see me on the dance floor of my imagination you would be in awe. I have unbelievable moves! And ones that don't injure me either.

I guess it helps that I have this great dance teacher,God.

Is that sacrilegious? Is it making God smaller to ascribe an attribute to Him that we usually reserve for the Fred Astaires, the Paula Abduls or children? Absolutely not. Dancing is a universal joy. Of course, Elohim of joy dances!

So how does God dance? If I said He waltzes and doesn’t know the worm that would be putting Him in a box. God knows them all. And one of the joys of my life is that He wants me to dance with Him in every situation, no matter the style.

He just wants to be with us. He yearns for the intimacy of hanging with us.

Today God wants to dance with you. Right where you are. If you are miserable and crying, let Him hold you. Put your feet on His feet. If you are happy, try standing up and putting your nose in the air like Snoopy and do the Charlie Brown dance. Imagine Jesus right beside you. You just might end up laughing out loud. Or dancing with abandon…at least on the inside.

If you danced today with God, what kind of dance would you be doing?


Kay Day said...

I used to dance on the outside. Poorly, I guess. I thought I probably did pretty well, but the laughter from my family made me suspicious.
Now, I'll be content keeping it in. In fact, I need to stop letting the fact that my outsides are limited keep me from the inside dance!

Robbie Iobst said...

Dance away, Kay Day! :0)

Cheryl Barker said...

I don't know how to dance (for real), just silly dancing. I'm best known for my Pharoh move -- can't you just see God and me doing the Pharoah together? :)

Robbie Iobst said...

Cheryl, I love it! Some day we'll meet and I'll get to check on your Pharoah move. :0)