She stands behind the curtain, looking at the piercing eyes in the crowd. She could back down, she could hide from the stares and the judgement, and the knowledge that she will inevitably mess up this routine. She will probably fall. It won’t be perfect.
And they expect perfect.
“Can I do this? Will my leg even hold out? I haven’t ever tried such a thing.”
“Dance,” God says.
“Dance with me,” He says again quietly – strong. In a way that almost demands to be trusted.
“No one taught me how. I can’t dance like everyone else.”
“But you follow the beat I put in you. You need to dance. You’re My music.” He whispers. His eyes are strong – confident.
“I can trust Him. He knows my steps,” she says to herself.
Out she steps.
Just alone out here.
The music starts.
A slow, gentle, beat, as she has learned like should be – slow and gentle.
One step, and then another. Some quick steps. A magical spin under the moving orange lights. The air is crisp, and the audience silent.
She starts to see the life events show up on the dance floor.
A sick child – she floats to take his hand, and brings the music to him. Soon he is smiling a most magnificent smile.
An illness in the family – she ducks for the challenge it is to get to that ill person, but finds that music unlocks the doors to stop her from helping. Healing comes in a brilliant soft white light.
Jobs, pain, rainy days – No need to face them. They resolve themselves as she floats around them and her light shine upon them fast.
And it occurs to her –
“I dance to my own life. That’s my own beat. I know exactly how to dance. My life is my dance. He made this. I cannot fail if I try.”
God steps out onto one side of the stage, opposite of where she took her place. She sees those obstacles that are life between her and Him. But she also sees that wherever He steps, those obstacles minimize to a beautiful piece of the stage – highlighting her special steps in brilliant colors. Her favorites – making her dance more freely still.
He guides her. A hand motion there, a step there. Pointing, carrying, dancing right along.
She’s forgotten all about the people who were once her fear, and her eyes, heart, and soul, are locked with Him.
The stage is now covered in the most beautiful flowers. Open paths. Wide spaces, where she is entirely free. The obstacles are gone. And as He spins her like she spun as a 2 year old, He gestures to the audience.
She stops, and takes a step towards them. The lights come up on those faces. She gasps a soft breath. Every single one is someone who has come alive because of her dance. They were strangers at one time, but she now sees them all clearly.
Best friends. Acquaintances. Used-to-be enemies. Mom, dad, kids, boyfriend.
Everyone someone she has danced into the life of.
This is her life. This is her stage. It’s important.
And it’s magnificent.
She beams, and takes a seat on the edge of the stage. God stands proudly and in a lovely way behind her. Tears fill her eyes. She didn’t know how to dance, she thought. She didn’t know where she would step, she thought.
“But He made the music in me know where to dance.”
“And it was the performance each of these souls needed to see to bring them to life,” He says.
And she knew from that point forward that our purpose in life is to dance. To dance, just as we know how. And we all learn together with each step.
Our lives are His symphony.
…because love wins.