Dance

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved to dance.  It was my one true passion, and the thing I wanted to do all the time.  But, I never knew it even existed in the church or that you could use it to worship God until I was out of college.  Up until then, I only knew performance-related dance. I’ll never forget the first time I saw dance in a church setting.  I was at a mega-church in Phoenix, AZ. at a large women’s event, and a lady got up on the huge platform with nothing but a little boom box and said, “I have no idea what I’m going to do.  I’m just going to hit “play” and see what happens.”  I was shocked.  I remember sitting there wide-eyed thinking, “WHAT is she doing?!”  It was the weirdest thing I had ever seen since all I knew was “performance.”  I had no grid whatsoever for spontaneous dance or “worship dance.”  But, even though I didn’t understand it, I never forgot it.  It made a lasting impression deep within my being that I wouldn’t realize until years later.

THE AWAKENING –  It was my second encounter with seeing dance in a church, and boy was it a total set up from God.  By this time in life, I had been in a string of abusive relationships, been abandoned, abused, and rejected by my husband, and through a terrible divorce.  My heart was completely shut down, and I hadn’t danced for over 8 years.  Singing in the choir was my only lifeline, but that day as the dance team began a beautiful processional down the aisle to the front of the sanctuary, it was all I could do to stay in my seat.  Everything inside of me started screaming, “I HAVE TO DO THAT!!!”  I didn’t even know what “that” was, but whatever is was, I had to do it.

Over the next year or so, as I joined the dance team and began to learn more about entering into worship and into the presence of God through dancing, my heart started coming alive.  My gifts in choreography began to get resurrected, and new areas of interpretive dance started springing forth.  It brought my level of worship to a whole new place, and I began to discover that there’s nothing like the presence of God!  The “high” I used to get on a stage performing or in a dance club was no comparison to the “high” I got when I worshiped God.

It’s Not About You

One of the biggest contrasts between dancing in the world and dancing for God, is the focus.  When you’re dancing in the world, it’s all about YOU (how you look, if you’re doing the right moves, etc.).  But, when you’re dancing for God, it’s all about HIM…..which is completely freeing because it doesn’t matter how you look or feel, if you’re talented or not.  It’s not about you!

True worship comes from your HEART, and from having a deep personal relationship with Jesus.  John 4:24 says, “Those who worship Me will worship Me in Spirit and in truth.”