"THE LAST DANCE"
With whom do you choose to dance the last dance? The question holds deeper implications than most of us normally consider. I once read a quote that says, "You must dance the last dance with the one who brought you to the dance."
God ultimately brought us to the dance of life, so we should dance with Him first, last, and foremost - keeping in step/ in rhythm to His Word.
Philippians 4:8 tells us
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
We must not only "think on," but also act on these things. By doing so, we are most likely to be strengthened to enjoy the dance with God and resist a dance with the devil. CAUTION! The devil will always want to take the lead. Getting you in his arms, he never stops at one dance and will persuade you to continue the evening – dancing with him until he corrupts your soul.
God is always introducing new dances in our lives to expand our capacity and opportunity to love. Those new dance steps may not always be comfortable and may require more of us than we want to give. We may want to skip, ignore, or even deny those new dances, but God never leaves us to make these dance moves alone. When the inconvenient, uncomfortable, imposing dance seasons of life come, those are the seasons when God wants to lead our dance moves more than ever. However, those are also the seasons when we put up the greatest resistance to His lead.
We rebel when God's dance moves invade our "this is my time" dance season. When we are in that "Me-itist" dance mode, God is trying to step in to give us "love dance moves" to benefit others such as the elderly parents in our lives. They, like God, brought us to the dance of life, and we must dance with them even when
their dance is not what it used to be or when it seems inconvenient for us. Loving parents danced with us in their arms before we could dance on our own.
I have witnessed children's reactions to their parents’ "needing dance" season as an imposition on their "my time." Elderly parents may seem to be "cutting in" on our "my time" season of life, but don't they deserve a "last dance" with you? Don't they deserve your special attention? Think on it; Ephesians 6:1-3 tells us, "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”
Here's my point, some of life's dances may call for us to deny ourselves and to make an untimely, inconvenient love dance move. Those are dance moves of life that God makes with us to strengthen timid hearts, embolden scared disciples, make the weak strong, bestow the greatest blessings, and prepare us for an eternal life with Him. So when you feel that this is “your time” to do what you please, just remember God brought you to the dance for eternal life and your parents brought you to the life you experience here on earth.
Dance the last dance with your elderly parents and with God. After all, they brought you to the dance!
To God Be The Glory
Elaine J. Jones