You know how you do those things that aren’t that terrible but that you would rather most people not know–like (a.) watching soap operas, (b.) eating a whole pint of ice cream, (c.) singing along to The Sound of Music, or (d.) all of the above? Yes, my answer is, sadly, “(d.)” and that’s probably not all of the stupid things that I do! So as long as we’re inviting true confessions, I have to admit that I love Dancing With the Stars. I know it’s stupid. But I love dancing and, perhaps even more than that, I like watching people that have never danced before, that are scared to death, that are sure that they are the next ones to be voted off by ten or so million of their closest friends, come completely out of themself and have the courage to feel a rhythm that they’ve never felt before.
I pray for all of us that we can do that this Lenten season. No, not dance with one of the dance pros but, rather, to have the courage to feel a rhythm that we’ve never allowed ourselves to feel before. What would it take to allow ourselves to do that? What would it take to put aside all of our preconceived ideas, needless inhibitions, and carefully laid plans and just dance? What would it take for us to finally feel that rhythm of God that runs through us all and truly dance like no one is watching? You know, I think that one reason my guilty pleasure “Dancing” show is so popular is not that people like to watch others fail (and sometimes even fall!), but that we admire someone who can get out of their element, who can step out of their role that they are “supposed” to live in their life. Deep down, I am convinced, we all dream of that. We all know that we’d be better for it. We all know that there is a dance in our lives that we have yet to dance. Part of what we’re called to do during this season is do just that–to let go of what we think we should be doing and listen for that rhythm that runs through each of our lives, the rhythm of God calling us to dance whether or not we think we’ve practiced enough.
When Jesus called the disciples, one by one, I’m pretty clear that none of them were practicing dancing in their room when everyone thought they were asleep. The truth is, they were anything but prepared. (Hence the continual competition to be the “favorite” and to make sure they understood!) They had planned something else for their lives–something reasonable, something realistic, something sane. But then the beat began and they couldn’t help themselves. They could only dance. I want to be like that. I want to dance with the disciples.
I was watching Dancing With the Stars last night. (Well, gee, I guess there’s no hiding that now so why bother anymore!) In one of the pre-recorded “practices”, one of the “pros” told one of the “stars” that the reason he couldn’t do the Jive is because he was thinking too much. She said that he needed to feel it and follow it. Maybe that’s our problem: We’re trying to think too much, trying to reason out what God is calling us to do, trying to figure out how to fit it into our carefully-planned life. The music has already started. We need to start dancing!
Do you remember the T-Mobile Dance in Liverpool Station, UK about two years ago? Look at it at: T-Mobile Dance and THEN, go to how it was made: The Making of the T-Mobile Dance. Enough said…I guess life really is for sharing! Perhaps we disciples could take some lessons!
“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.” (William W. Purkey)
So, in this Lenten season, dance to the music that’s been there all along and live like it’s heaven on earth. Who’s stopping you? What are you hiding?
Grace and Peace,