As I sit here eating a lovely bowl of mint chocolate chip ice-cream, I listen to “We Dance” by Steffany Frizzell-Gretzinger. Each lyric has such a powerful meaning and I’d love to uncover how great our God is through this song.
You steady me
Slow and sweet, we sway
Take the lead and I will follow
Finally ready now
To close my eyes and just believe
That You won’t lead me
Where You don’t go
In seventh grade, I took a few dance classes. I mean, what girl didn’t want to be a dancer? All my friends were dancers. It was a sport, but it was a girly one. but there was one problem, I was a terrible dancer. Let’s just say I was a much better dancer at age three than at age thirteen. I would always get off balance as I spun around. While doing a pirouette, you not only stand on one foot, but also spin around, numerous times, and somehow you’re supposed to look graceful. Instead, I fell on my face.
Life is not only like a box of chocolates but, like being a very untalented ballerina. Life spins us around while we can only balance on one foot. In ballet class, your instructor does not help you, they just tell you what you’re doing wrong. Unlike ballet class, we have a God that steadies us. He will let us fall, but not crash. We must fall in order to be caught by His grace. So in those moments when you get off balance, let God steady your heart, your mind, and your path. This is not just something we should believe in, but something we should live by. You see, we have to be willing to follow when we ask God to take the lead. We have to say, “Take me where you want me, Lord.”
Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to the those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution, he will come and save you.” (Isaiah 35:3-4)
This should be our prayer every day. Not just a subconscious prayer, but a prayerfully sought and true. Our God will come. Our God will stay. Our God will lead. He won’t lead us where He is not. He will not forsake our paths and say, “See ya on the flip side! Good luck!” Close your eyes and believe that He will not only be there, wherever you go but, steady you, wherever you go.
Then you will go your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble. (Proverbs 3:23)
Intro & Chorus:
When my faith gets tired
And my hope seems lost
You spin me round and round
And remind me of that song
The one You wrote for me
And we dance
The bible tells us that God restores us in our weakness. God loves to heal his children. I would never wish harm to anyone, however, I do hope you have had those days where life just sucks. Sorry, but it’s for the best. In those moments of hardship, we are fully clothed in the love of God. Most of my “in awe of Jesus” moments were born through depression and difficult seasons. He loves to show up and heal.
When our faith seems like it has just finished a 10k run and when our hope seems to have taken a detour along the way, that is our cue to call His name. He is more than willing to spin you around, like the father and daughter dance we see in those chick-flicks.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
His strength burns like a fire through our weakness. His power is seen perfectly through the eyes of the weary. Sometimes, it takes an awful day, a dreadful week, or a terrible month to see the true power of God. I still remember lying in bed one night, crying and crying, fighting depression. I called out the name of Jesus and was instantly brought peace. A thousand tears needed to be shed in order for me to see and feel the love of my savior.
“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10
How many of you look back on those difficult seasons and no longer cringe? How many of you see those hardships as blessings? It’s easier to look back and see them as blessings. I challenge you to see them as blessings in the moment they take place. Delight in your weakness as it occurs, pray over it. Cry out, “Jesus!” as those persecutions pierce you. God’s plan is not to harm you, but to bring you peace and blessings.
And I’ve been told
To pick up my sword
And fight for love
Little did I know
That Love had won for me
This verse can be interpreted in numerous ways. Personally, God speaks to me about relationships and love. I have struggled with relationships. Boys. I thought I had to fight to be loved. I thought I had to do whatever it takes, to sin, to be loved and to have the perfect love. But the enemy had blinded me.
The cross is a symbol of our freedom and love. Jesus loves us so much that he sacrificed his life so that we can be free from sin. He already paid the price for us. He died knowing that you may never love him back. He knew people would not believe in him, and he still chose to die for us. That is love. We already have abundant love. Not only are we loved, but we are worthy. In his eyes, we are worth dying for. He fought so that we don’t have to fight. True love is in Jesus Christ. So girls, don’t lose yourself trying to fight for a love that is not in Christ.
I will lock eyes
With the One who’s ransomed me
The One who gave me joy for mourning
And I will lock eyes
With the One who’s chosen me
The One who set my feet to dancing?
I don’t know about you but I am so pumped to run into Jesus’ arms. I am looking forward to when I get to lock my eyes with His. It’s actually insane just thinking about it. Like… it’s Jesus.
He has done great things both worldwide and right in our hearts. He has saved us all and He has saved you individually. He has spoken to the whole church and He has given you those “Holy Spirit Goosebumps” as you stand in the congregation. He chose you. Wow. Soak that in. He chose you for a purpose.
So thank you Bethel Music for writing this work of art. And thank you, Jesus, for being all that you are.