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Day 43


Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are the most popular dance duo ever to grace the big screen. Starring in ten movies together, they danced in perfect unison, moving as if one person. Yet what appeared as effortless was the product of many hours of training and practice. Dance partners must learn to work together. To flow in a synchronized or complementary manner, a lead partner must initiate the movements.

God choreographed our lives to be an expression of His beauty and grace, a dance that will thrill us and inspire those who watch it. We, however, hinder that dance because we struggle to give God the lead role. We stumble because we don’t trust Him. We question His next step. We move in an opposing direction because we dislike the “moves” He designed. We resist our dance because we envy and seek the dance God created for another.

Consider the dance God has ordained for you:

“For we are God’s handiwork, His workmanship, recreated in Christ Jesus, that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us, taking paths which He prepared ahead of time, that we should walk in them, living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live” (Ephesians 2:10).

Seek to know the nature of the One who longs to lead you:

“The Lord earnestly waits – expectant, looking and longing – to be gracious to you. He lifts Himself up that He may have mercy on you and show lovingkindness to you” (Isaiah 30:18a).

When we question and resist God, we hinder the beautiful dance He choreographed just for us. When we question His timing, feeling as if He isn’t taking the lead, we forfeit the blessings He longs to give:

“Blessed – happy, fortunate, to be envied are all those who earnestly wait for Him: for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy and His matchless, unbroken companionship” (Isaiah 30:18b).

Will you follow your Lead Partner? With eyes fixed on Him, will you wait with anticipation for His next step? If you will, your life will become the exquisite dance that He planned for you.