Jesus As Dance Instructor

“Are you tired? Worn out?  Burned out on religion?  Come to me.  Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.  I’ll show you how to take a real rest.  Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it.  Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.  Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”  –Jesus, from Matthew 11:28-30, as paraphrased by Eugene Peterson in The Message.

(photo credit: Camille Tokerud)


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Posted on January 19, 2010, in lifestyle and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. You know, it’s amazing what depths of insight about God’s gracious leadership one can gain in the process of learning ballroom dancing. I know that while I was first learning, I was able to internalize “messages from God” in profound ways one could never experience while sitting in church!

    My favorite personal messages from the heart of God to mine:

    While considering how gracious and patient a particular partner was, even when I missed his cues and “messed up”: “Judy, do you REALLY think I’m any LESS gracious and patient when I lead you through life than this man is when leading you through a dance?”

    Through the mouth of this this same partner while trying out some new dance patterns I was unfamiliar with: “Don’t try so hard to anticipate what I want you to do – just relax and follow.”

    • Thanks for sharing your heart, Judy – I appreciated your honesty and resonate with the attempt to “just relax and follow.” Great word picture from you!!!

  2. When Googling myself (I like to cyber stalk myself from time to time), 😉 I ran across this page again and thought I’d add that I’ve since written a blog post about the vignette described above. Here’s a link to the post: (I’m not sure anyone will ever see it, since this conversation thread is from so long ago, but there it is.) 🙂

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