DANCING - Week of March 19th
By Judy NicholsMarch 19, 2017
ă€€Our church has a dance team that occasionally presents a choreographed dance to a worship song. But on any given Sunday, individual members of the team may be seen dancing in worship at the back of the sanctuary or in the aisles. This week, I noticed one of the dancers dancing in the aisle. Soon a little girl of about four years made her way into the aisle and stood facing her and began mimicking her every move. Every lift of the arm, every turn, every step; the little girl was intently focused on her example and following to the best of her ability. Both were enjoying themselves immensely. It was a beautiful sight!
In the seventeenth chapter of Genesis, God appears to Abram and says, "I am God Almighty; walk before Me and be blameless. I will establish My covenant between Me and you, and I will multiply you exceedingly." He also changes Abram’s name to Abraham, and Sarai’s to Sarah, and promises to give them a son, Isaac, even though they are 99 and 90 years old, and to give the land of Canaan to their descendants. He also commands the rite of circumcision as a sign of the covenant. Abraham’s obedience to the commandment was immediate. "In the very same day Abraham was circumcised, and Ishmael his son. All the men of his household . . . were circumcised with him" (v.23-27).
I have heard it said that when God said, "walk before Me," He was not intending that we picture a performer on a stage walking before an audience or a model on the runway before a judge. Rather we are to picture something similar to what I saw in church on Sunday. We are facing God, having our focus on Him, taking our cues from Him, and mimicking what He is doing.
And isn’t this what Jesus did? To the Jews who wanted to kill Him because He was calling God His own Father He said, "Truly, truly I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner" (John 5:19). Even His words were spoken in response to His Father’s speaking. "For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak" (John 12:49). No wonder Jesus lived a blameless life.
How I wish there were not so many distractions that turn my focus away from God, so much pull from my flesh that clouds my vision of His glory and goodness! My heart’s desire is to walk before Him and be blameless. I want to know the joy of being synchronized with Him, even though the best of my ability falls so far short. What a beautiful sight that would be, to God, to me, and to the rest of the watching world.
© Judy Nichols 2017