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