I choreographed the dance below three years ago and it is dear to me.
Warning: There is a huge garment problem right at the beginning. Don’t let that hinder you from being blessed by this dance.
In fact, in a way, that garment snafu is part of my point in posting this video. There are many things I could critique about this dance regarding the garments, the group choreography, even or especially, our hair. But it this dance is dear to me, and it still moves me.
Watch it, and you’ll see what I mean.
God gave me this dance (I did not choreograph the solo dancers movements. She did that herself with some coaching from me. She is a beautiful dancer I was blessed to work with for years at my old church.), and He gave it to me knowing my level of skill at the time and my knowledge of choreography.
He used it to communicate a word about His Son, to communicate that He has something to birth in each one of us and, when we say “yes” to His call, we cannot know all that it will entail – the glory and the sufferings that will come with it.
He used it to awaken a yearning in women to dance and to reveal His beauty.
He used it to touch hearts in the congregation and to prepare them to hear from Him that advent.
He was present, and He blessed the dance.
He blessed it even though we didn’t have culottes under our dresses. He blessed it even though my hair fell over my face several times. He blessed it even when the solo dancers dress fell out of place.
If I were to choreograph to this song again with this group, I would make changes to the garments, to our hair, and to the group choreography. But I don’t get to do that. That dance was for that day, for those people. And God used the knowledge and skill we had on that day.
I share that for two reasons:
First, to encourage you to use your gifts now, to trust that, if He is saying, “Choreograph,” or, “Dance,” or, “Lead,” that He can and will speak through you with power.
Second, to encourage you to refrain from critiquing the dances you see. Once we gain knowledge, it’s tempting to critique others who don’t yet know what we learned (or what we think we know). But God is bigger than our knowledge and more gracious than we are. He uses immature sinners to reveal His glory. So, we can relax and receive from Him, not troubled by the frailness of the vessels.
Please respond in the comments. Share how He spoke to you through the dance. Or share what hinders you from stepping out to serve, when you feel called, and what actions the Lord is calling you to take. I’d love to hear from you.