Southern Rhapsody Summer Dance
This past week John and I were blessed to attend the Southern Rhapsody Dance Convention in downtown Indianapolis at the Rooftop Ballroom. This was our second time to attend and it was even more fun than the first year we went. The ballroom is a 8500 square feet beautiful wooden floor made in 1927. Some of the biggest bands in history have played in this ballroom. We had 14 dancing friends from Dallas go, which made it extremely fun.
Dancing is about the most rewarding of all exercises to me. It not only exercises our muscles and endurance, but also our mental abilities in learning and executing patterns. Our prayer is that we can keep on dancing for many more years. “As our days are, so shall our strength be.” ~ Deut 33:25
John and I started dancing about 6 years ago. We had always enjoyed dancing in college, but never had a lesson. I would so encourage you to find out about opportunities for dancing and lessons in your area. Here in the DFW area there are a number of Senior Centers for those over 50. They provide a ballroom floor and great bands for a tiny cost to go to. We have a number of other NON senior dance places in this area that have bands and are a great place to dance. We take lessons from Ben DelaVega and go to his studio (P.J.’s Dancetique) to dance each week. Another major benefit of dancing is all the new friends that soon come across your path. We didn’t know a one of the many dancing friends we dance with now. Some have become close friends and prayer partners.
Dancing with God
This poem was given to each of us the first night of the Dance Convention. It is a beautiful correlation of trusting and following the Lord’s leading.
“When I meditated on the word Guidance, I kept seeing “dance ” at the end of the word.
I remember reading that doing God’s will is a lot like dancing.
When two people try to lead, nothing feels right.
The movement doesn’t flow with the music, and everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky.
When one person realizes that, and lets the other lead, both begin to flow with the music.
One gives gentle cues, perhaps with a nudge to the back or by pressing lightly in one direction or another.
It’s as if two become one body , moving beautifully. The dance takes surrender, willingness, and attentiveness for one person and gently guidance and skill from the other.
My eyes drew back to the word Guidance. When I saw “G”, I thought of God, followed by “u” and “i”.
“God”, “u” and “i” dance.
As I lowered by head, I became willing to trust that I would get guidance about my life. Once again, I became willing to let God lead.
My prayer for you today is that God’s blessings and mercies be upon you on this day and everyday.
May you abide in God as God abides in you.
Dance together with God, trusting God to lead and to guide you through each season of your life. …………………………..
And I Hope You Dance!!!” ~ Southern Rhapsody Dance”