Saturday, June 30, 2012

Five Minute Friday...Not Chosen to Dance

Hummm…dance is this week’s topic.  I think this is one of the most challenging yet. 

When I think of dancing, it doesn’t hold a lot of good memories for me.  But one good memory was when I was attending Prescott Jr. High.  In 7th grade I was going to my first dance.  I had taken tap, ballet and modern jazz…so I sort of knew how to dance, but nothing that would be in keeping with a school dance.

One of my friends was Alesha, a sweet beautiful young lady who enjoyed life.  Before the dance she took the time to teach me how to dance.  We played Three Dog Night’s song “Mama Told Me Not to Come” over and over again on the record player as she showed me how to dance.  Whenever I hear that song on the radio, it takes me back to that day.

When I think back to Jr. High and High School, it brings back some hard feelings.  Feeling of being socially awkward, not so pretty and not fitting in.  Memories of sitting on the sideline with some of the other girls who were not chosen to dance.  I couldn’t wait for the night to end.  Those memories left some indelible painful scars on my heart, mind and soul.  As a result I didn’t attend too many dances in high school.

Lord is it any wonder that I am forever grateful and take refuge in the fact that I was chosen by You.  Rejected by man, but accepted by the Lord.  May I be mindful that in Christ I was chosen, adopted, accepted, redeemed and forgiven.  Is it any wonder when I hear praise and worship music my heart sings and I want to dance and celebrate the One who chose me?  Lord…I look forward to the day when I can dance with joy in heaven.  May I have glimpses of that day even now and be lost in wonder, love and praise.

Psalm 149:1-4

Praise the Lord!
Sing to the Lord a new song,
And His praise in the assembly of saints.
2 Let Israel rejoice in their Maker;
Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
3 Let them praise His name with the dance;
Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp.
4 For the Lord takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the humble with salvation.

My Five Minute Friday submission is a day late again…but I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to participate in TheGypsy Mama’s Five Minute Friday.  Head on over and read the writings of many gifted individuals while you are there.  Perhaps you too would like to try your hand at writing for five minutes and see what comes out.


Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

I too, had the same feelings as young teenage girl... no one ever asked me to dance, and it always left me feeling inadequate, and unloved! Thank goodness... we are loved by a KING who loves to take our hand and lead us, into the way everlasting. Amen Sister! {Although I didn't write a post about 'dancing' I found your post rather roundabout (as most do I image), but so GLAD to have read yours. Blessings~

Annmarie Pipa said...

I bet you all of us on this planet have lived this same story at some point...

Wanda said...

Love this Susan. Most of us can relate to feeling rejected in someway but to think the Master of the universe made choice of us is amazing!

wordglow said...

Oh... I can remember those awkward dances in school, and how this then overly shy girl felt... May the Lord fill you with a fresh joy in dancing before Him and wipe away those sad memories! I just blogged about my young friend's recent wedding dance, and how it's beauty made me think of that night of nights when the Lord will dance with His bride... the most beautiful of all, as you say! - Pam Apples of Gold

Mary Odell said...

Oh, yes! I hated being the one not chosen then, but now I thank the One who chose me for the way my awkwardness protected my purity and my innocence for MUCH longer than my peers.

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