I had a dream that a guy invited me to a dance. I was reluctant and nervous because I didn’t know how to dance. He led me out to the ballroom floor and we began to dance, effortlessly, fluidly, as one. I didn’t know the steps to the dance but I intuitively knew how to follow his lead. He was graceful and supportive as we seemed to float across the dance floor.
When I woke, I almost sensed God whisper, “Will you dance with me?” and immediately Matthew 11:29-30 came to mind, where Jesus invited us to dance, in a sense: “Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
That’s a whole new perspective on being yoked to Jesus. A yoke is intended to lead and train but we aren’t familiar with that concept so the thought of being yoked to someone conjures images of handcuffs, or at least punishment. It seems like a burden, not freedom, to be forced into an unfamiliar path alongside a leader, even if that leader is Jesus.
But the dance. Oh, the dance. Jesus extends His hand of grace to us and invites us to dance with Him. When we join with Jesus in a dance through life, we follow His lead and move step by step to new places in life. He is graceful and supportive, allowing us to follow His every move. This is not a burden; it’s an effortless joy.
I wish I could dance the way I did in the dream, but at least I can better understand what it means to follow God’s lead now.
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