... THE SONG AND DANCE CONTINUES!
It was just an ordinary evening, when our son suddenly burst into the living room... impulsively and with great expression, he begins to display a dance for us which causes me to burst into a joyful laugh! My heart leaps with a whisper of "L-RD, he can move!" His Dad interjects with "how did you learn to dance like that?!" My heart replies now with what I know to be true ... "he may not have been taught the specifics of how to dance, but he has learned how to express himself as he has been given the freedom to do so in a safe environment without fear of being mocked, humiliated or shut down." For many of us, this is not always the case; and for some more than others, we have been conditioned "not to express" our emotions for fear of consequences. It occurred to me as I write ... as one who dances, but also sings ... I often hear people say how they cannot sing; I have often wondered if that is truly the case, or whether they just have not had the freedom or confidence to find their voice. On a technical note - no pun intended ; ) - the vocal chords are simply like muscles that gain strength [or not] according to how and how often we use and exercise them. Our emotions can be the same in a sense ... if we are not taught how to use them in the right way, or we do not often express them, we can then lose the ability to express them at all; instead of walking with the Living Waters He promises, we then become like a body of water with no outlet ... but hold that thought for now ...
As mentioned in the previous entry, emotions can be seen right the way through the scriptures. G-D Himself has emotions ... do we not see it through the life of Yeshua who tells us that to see Him is to see The Father? Are we not made in His image? We too have emotions as part of our "blueprint" and He has designed for us to know the freedom of expression in a Godly way in its rightful time and space. But for many of us, things can go wrong and through many circumstances, we can become broken and damaged in our emotions - even conditioned at stuffing them away into a secret place, especially where there has been abuse, fear and shame. For some, the damage can be so deep that our spirit breaks and we begin living out a life sentence of carrying the penalty and weight of a divided heart.
Each and every one of us has HIS-[s]TORY to tell ... and He who is the author and finisher of our faith, longs to BE an illustration to the world THROUGH US as His people ... WHO HE REALLY IS ... THE GREAT I AM!!! I stop, look and listen to hear the voice of One asking, "but who do you say that I am?"
So ... I wonder where He will lead us today in this Most Wonderful Dance? I look and I see ... just on the horizon ... "the Sea of Galilee" whispers to me ... it is a good place to start, so come with me if you will... as we take His hand, let's take to the floor ...
Step 1-2-3 ... shall we Dance some more!
Do you realise that both the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea receive their water from the same source? The River Jordan! The Jordan River has an upper course and a lower one. It is the very River where John the Baptist baptised Yeshua HaMashiach... my heart hears the whisper of "behold, there comes One after me, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to loose" (Acts 13:25). And then, the L-RD took me on a detour which I prefer to call 'a treasure hunt' ... so bear with me, as I am never quite sure how it will all link-up in the end. Just like any other detour, we might find ourselves "taking the scenic route" but we get to the point in due time. Maybe we need to learn how to enjoy the journey more, but even more ... to look for those things we wouldn't normally see on the "highways" of our lives ... these things can be like an oasis in the desert - True Treasure.
So ... follow me if you will, as we continue ... take a look around and see what He would show you as we journey together ... may we find His Treasure along the way ...
I was Amazed!!! to be lead to Joshua and read of the children of Israel crossing over the Jordan ON DRY LAND - Hashem stopped the waters! How GREAT is our G-D! And there were several other miracles that took place at the Jordan. But what hit me was the way there were 12 stones taken from the Jordan but then I see there were also 12 stones set up IN the Jordan ... I had recently heard this through another's teaching, BUT ... it was where He lead me to go for myself this morning. I am sure there is MUCH more for us to see and learn in this, but what was it that struck a chord within me today? I see the stones ... 1 for each and every tribe of Israel ... and I hear the sound of "The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone." My heart whispers a loud ... "THANK YOU, YESHUA! THANK YOU!!! as these thoughts came flooding past me ..."The ROCK on which we stand - Love come down, stooped low and stood in the midst of the Jordan!" Do you know that the Jordan River is the lowest river on earth? And it empties itself down into the Dead Sea! And here He stood - THE ONE, MOST HIGH!!! going to the lowest places, baptised by the one who went before Him ... given by HaShem to "PREPARE THE WAY" declaring repentance for the Kingdom of G-D is near!" I see the stones that were taken out of the Jordan by Joshua and the children of Israel and I see Yeshua coming up out of the Jordan; from that point, being tempted by haSatan for 40 days in the wilderness before then walking into the fullness of prophecy foretold ... the very reason He came down - Destiny! I hear the voice of One who proclaimed “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19). I look and I see the waters of the Jordan ... as one would look and see a reflection upon the water's surface ... was this a reflection in the natural of what Yeshua did in the spiritual? I think so ... what say you? Just as the Jordan empties into the Dead Sea, I see Yeshua's blood that was poured out for us that death would be conquered, hell defeated! Yeshua was continually illustrating to the world around Him ... "the Kingdom of G-D" come down! My heart cries ... "Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven!" I am now pointed back to where we began ...
let us now turn ... step 1-2-3 ...
step forward, now back ...
what do you see?
Do you know the big difference between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea? One is filled with an abundance of life while the other has no life in it at all ... the difference ... AN OUTLET! The Sea of Galilee, is the lowest freshwater lake in the world - 2nd lowest lake in the world to the Dead Sea. It is partly fed by underground springs while its main source is the River Jordan which flows through it from north to south. The Dead Sea has NO OUTLET! The waters from the Jordan empty into it and it stays there ... no where else to go. It is so salty that nothing can live in its water. I know of someone who visited the Dead Sea and he said that "swimming" was definitely more like "floating" because the density was such that made swimming almost impossible. And what occurred to me were these 2 things:
1) Our G-D longs that we would SWIM!!! and THRIVE!!! and not merely stay afloat and bob around in the dense and thick waters of the Dead Sea. Yeshua declared, "I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." If we don't know what that looks like or the reality of those words ... let us begin asking Him! Let us begin expressing our hearts in all its fullness before Him in the same way Hannah was found pouring her soul out before Him in the tabernacle ... He loves to hear the voice of His children! And He loves to answer us in return ... but we must be willing to receive His Truth and not our own "true lies."
2) We need an outlet in order to thrive! G-D longs that we would know what it is to express ourselves freely ... He created us to be this way. Just as the Sea of Galilee has an outlet, we must ask Him to help us find an outlet in our lives that helps us to express our hearts before Him and to find the answers He is wanting to give to us ... in this place, there can be great pain, great suffering, great trials and hurdles ... just like the wilderness we read about in the first entry ... BUT THIS I KNOW ... there is also GREAT JOY AND LIVING WATERS TO BE FOUND IN THIS PLACE. Sometimes, we may have to go to the deepest, darkest places in order to find Him ... the Giver of Living Waters - the One who conquered the darkness ... but THAT is the GREATEST joy of all!!! FINDING HIM!!! THERE IS NO GREATER TREASURE A HEART CAN HOLD. And from this place, we can then begin to pour out to others in the measure He has poured out to us ... like the fresh and living waters of the Sea of Galilee! We can then begin to live a life of open hands which freely give and freely receive in place of those which were once held like clenching fists for fear of what might be stolen ... Trust restored, faith renewed, His love perfected in us, casting out all fear. The "rebuilding of the walls" as we see in Nehemiah ...
... stay tuned and keeeeep dancing! ; )
On a personal note:
In all these things He has been speaking to me, all the while a song and dance rising in my heart like never before ... longing to display His song and dance to the world in the same way my son was displaying his dance before us! My heart extols the L-RD!! as I find myself crying out in song ...
"Let G-D arise! Let G-D arise! Sing to G-D, sing praises to His name! Extol Him who rides on the clouds! A Father of the fatherless ... rejoice! rejoice! before Him!" (Psalm 68:1&4)
Talk about "putting your money where your mouth is" for want of better words ...
While out walking last night, as I have been contemplating all these things before Him, a whisper comes from my heart "how wonderful it would BE for us as Your people to express ourselves openly in worship before You with no fear of man or what others might think as we sing and dance across this world's stage for all to see YOUR glory and splendour!" I was walking in a wide open space and being reminded of a film I saw where dancers would dance in the street as they rehearsed for a competition. And suddenly, a whisper brushes past the walls of my heart... I am almost sure I heard Him say "no time like the present!" My heart whispers loudly now as I type ...
"Time is a precious gift!"
I nearly stopped in my tracks as my heart silently squealed, "L-RD!!! What do You mean?! Right here? Right now?!" ... I was walking on the paths around the main block of our neighbourhood! My heart smiles from ear to ear as I think before Him and to myself ... "dare I? do I dare, Abba?" A song was playing in my ear, coming through my earphones, and before I could think any more, my feet just began to move ... I began with a gentle jog along the path until it slowly turned into a little leap here and there ... then a little twirl ... then a skip and a hop ... WOW!!! My heart spins with
"THAT WAS AMAZING!!! SO LIBERATING!" BUT ... before I could let myself get too carried away ... *giggle* ... He steps in and grabs my hand as one who would grab his dance partner, drawing close enough to whisper in her ear ... I look back and I listen and I am sure I can almost hear ... "that was just a practice - a rehearsal that no-one else saw ... but I saw." Somehow I sensed that the "rehearsal" was about to become "live!" (whatever that means??!) ... and a whisper of "am I really ready for this" washes over me. As I type, I am being reminded that this life is NO REHEARSAL! Our lives matter!!! And we are here to worship Him, to reflect who He is and to make a difference to the world around us. Meanwhile ... back on that path, I smile as I look back once more to see the man I passed at the bus-stop; silently I prayed for him as I passed ... "Abba, Father, would you touch him and bless him and reveal Yourself to him." And then suddenly a "whoooooosh" came out of nowhere as if One took me by the hand and shouted with delight ... "READY ... STEADY ... Let's GO!" I laughed so hard inside I almost can't believe it did not come out of my mouth ... but then what happened next takes my breath away as I look back and I see ... I DANCED!!! Ok, to that man I just passed, it would not have looked much like a dance from a distance, but as I did the occasional leap and jump ... as I frolicked my way down the path ... IN MY HEART ...
"I KNEW I DANCED BEFORE MY KING!!!"
and I ALMOST didn't care who saw me or what they thought!!! The words of David ring through my spirit as I type ... "and I will become even more undignified than this!"
... and David danced with all his might before The L-RD!
"What say you?"
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