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Dance: Trusting Your Partner

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By +Jeanne Takenaka @JeanneTakenaka

Our Five Minute Friday prompt this week is—DANCE. This largely unedited “rough draft” form of writing stretches this perfectionist, in the best of ways. I write for five minutes on a given topic. If you’re interested in learning more about 5-Minute Fridays, check out our hostess, Kate Motaung’s site. Or, click on the link at the bottom of this post. As you read my simpler Friday posts, I hope you’ll join in the conversation!


I took ballroom dance lessons a few years ago. I thought it would be much easier than it is (Yes, you can stop laughing at me now). In ballroom dancing, one leads and one follows. As the woman—the follower in the dances—I didn’t think it would be hard.

Until my partner told me I needed to stop trying to lead.

Following requires trust in the leader. During those lessons, I had some partners who did not know how to lead, and it was challenging not to tell them. I consider myself pretty good at following, but those weeks of lessons showed me otherwise.

How many times have I thought I was following Jesus’ lead, only to discover—after frustration or heartbreak—that I was trying to lead?

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How many times do we try to tell him where the next steps for our life-dance should go? In doing the waltz, do we follow His lead, or do our toes get stepped on when He moves us somewhere we didn’t foresee?

When dancing, you aren’t supposed to look at your feet, but into your partner’s eyes. That was the challenge.

If I could look at my feet, I could be in control. Looking up, over the shoulder or into the eyes, required me to trust where my partner led.

In walking with Jesus, sometimes I prefer to look at my plans and say, “Okay, this is where we’re going. Right?” . . .

Rather than looking into my Partner’s eyes, trusting His lead . . .  

Knowing the intimacy that shone in them . . .

Seeing the love that reflected from them . . . 

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In this dance of life, I can’t imagine having anyone besides Jesus leading me. Trusting Him isn’t always easy, but it’s always, always best in the long run.

When I can let his lead be what I follow, I know peace and I experience the beauty that comes only through following him. Only through trusting Him.

What about you? How have you seen Jesus leading in your life? Have you ever tried ballroom dancing? What lessons did you learn?

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