I love sharing stories of my father. He was truly one of the best people I have ever known and I was blessed to have him, even for a short time.
When I was a little girl, I used to take dance lessons. My mother worked at a dance studio so I studied ballet and tap. I had dreams of one day being a dancer; dreams that stayed with me well into my teens until an adult in my life started to tell me I couldn’t.
But my father always encouraged my dreams. He told me I would be a beautiful ballerina. And I would play at home in my room, trying on my different costumes from various dance recitals. I would sometimes put on a recital just for my father and he would watch with a big smile on his face and applaud at the end. Sometimes I would even sing, which I am sure was a form of torture for him, but still, he applauded.
The one thing I never got to do in dance class was dance with someone else. My mom took me to a movie theater where we lived in NY City to see Cinderella (yes back when you could only see it in a theater!! I am THAT old!!) I would love to watch Cinderella dancing with the Prince at the ball. I still love that scene! I wanted to dance like that!
So I would always ask my dad to dance with me. He was obviously much bigger than me and I was not accustomed to dancing with a partner, so he would tell me to stand on his feet and he would dance around, carrying me along with him. I was Cinderella in those moments.I was Cinderella in those moments #fatherslove #proverbs31 Click To Tweet
Years later, I took dance classes where we learned to dance with a partner. As awkward teens, we learned the Waltz, the Fox Trot, the Lindy Hop. The one thing the teacher taught us over and over again was that only one person could lead. We couldn’t dance well together and would end up stepping all over each other when both of us tried to lead the other. And as pushy teens we were always trying to be the one in control! One of us, typically the girl in this case, would have to surrender control and let someone else direct our steps.
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In our walk as Christians, we face situations that require us to surrender control to God. It is during those times that I remember standing on my father’s feet. In my spirit, I imagine myself stepping up and climbing onto the Lord’s feet and saying “I am giving you control Lord”. Let Him carry you. Let Him direct your steps the way my father directed mine by carrying me step by step through our dances. Each and every step was my father’s to take, with me just being led where he went. Everywhere I moved was determined by my father. And with the Lord, I try to give Him control (as much as I can) and just go along where His steps take me. It is not always a flawless process. Just like with my dad, every now and then I make an effort to be a stubborn child and do it on my own. But then He shows me my need to rely on Him and up onto His feet I go again!I am giving you control Lord Click To Tweet
I love the song Cinderella by Steven Curtis-Chapman. When it comes on, my fourteen year old daughter will yell, “Oh no, she’s going to cry again!” I can’t listen to it without crying because it reminds me of those times dancing on my father’s feet. My father is gone many years now, but I have not stopped dancing like Cinderella with my Heavenly Father and letting Him guide me around where He wills.I have not stopped dancing like Cinderella with my Heavenly Father and letting Him guide me around… Click To Tweet
If you are having trials, struggles, if you feel like you just don’t know which way to go or you’re afraid of stepping out because of fear….climb onto His feet and surrender control to Him. I can promise you, with Him guiding your steps, you cannot fail.
“Even to your old age, I am He,
And even to gray hairs I will carry you!
I have made, and I will bear;
Even I will carry, and will deliver you.” Isaiah 41:4 (NKJV)
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