The Dance – Part 2

marchingI believe that Jesus still speaks.  What He says today does not come with the same authority as the Holy words in the Bible.  But He is alive right now and He’s not disengaged or disinterested.  In fact, He cares deeply for me and for you.  And He wants to be our “ever present help in our time of need.” (Isaiah 46:1)

I believe that He spoke to me not long ago.  This is what I heard:

You have been a good soldier for the last 10 years.  You have marched and kept the rank and file.   

At ease.

I have a new way for us to relate.  I want to teach you to dance. 

I wish I could say that my first reaction was excitement.  The truth is, I like being a soldier in God’s Army.  I like the predictability and the boundaries.  I know how to relate to Jesus as my commanding officer.

Dancing. . .that really scares me.  It is anything but predictable.  I’ve spent the better part of my life trying not to look stupid.  I feel confident marching, now I have to start thinking about the quick step and the tango?  Come on!

I am worried about the Waltz.

I get jittery thinking about the Jitter Bug.

There’s only one way I like Salsa. . .

You can’t be a soldier for 10 years and not learn there is no use arguing with those who have more authority than you do.  So I am listening for the new beat.  I am trying to limber up.  I’m guessing that Jesus is a really good dancer.  This is going to be far worse than Dancing with the Stars.  He made stars!

I’ve come to terms with looking stupid.

Ken Gire wrote:  “I would rather dance poorly with Jesus than sit perfectly with anyone else.” 

That’s pretty good logic.  So here we go.

Let’s dance!


Ken Gire, The Divine Embrace (Wheaton, IL:  Tyndale House Publishers, 2003), 8.

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About Rich Stevenson

Rich is the Executive Director of The Malachi Network (www.malachinetwork.org), a ministry focused on making the name of the LORD great among the nations. This network serves young leaders in missions and church planting. Prior to his present ministry, Rich pastored in Southern New Jersey, planted a church in Wilmore, KY, established a network of churches, served as an adjunct professor at Asbury College and was a senior leader at The International House of Prayer in Kansas City, MO as well as The International House of Prayer in Atlanta, GA. Rich is the author of two books: Secrets of the Spiritual Life—10 Lessons from the One Thing Passages (Baker Books, 2003) A Voice from Home—The Words You Long to Hear from Your Father (WaterBrook Press, 2005) He graduated from Asbury College in 1984 with a BA degree in Philosophy of Religion and Asbury Theological Seminary in 1987 with a Master of Divinity degree. In 2010, Rich received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Union Biblical Seminary in Yangon, Myanmar. Rich has been married to Tania since 1982 and they have been blessed by amazing children: Zachary and his wife Meghan, Jacob and his wife Lena, Jessica and Corrie Emma.
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