The Dance of Life--Who Leads?



For the lady involved, one of the first rules of ballroom dancing is: let your partner lead.

Oh, is that hard to do for me! I like to be in control. I like to be in charge. I think it comes from having been the mother of five, as well as a business owner for a good portion of my life.

But I’ve come to see that always being in control does not always work.

A few years back, I was in charge of driving one of my daughters to college at Belmont Abbey in North Carolina. I had to drive through Atlanta, always a fearful drive to me. In addition, two of my younger children were with me, making noise, causing so much confusion that I had trouble following the signs. I ordered them to behave. I ordered them to be quiet. Oh yes, I yelled out all the consequences they would face!

Then, in the busy traffic, I approached an overhead aqueduct with a scrawl of words in black paint: JESUS IS IN CONTROL. How happy I was for that reminder!

Because Jesus is in control.

We don’t need to lead. He will do it.

All we need to do is relax in His arms.

With no more yelling, I made it through Atlanta. I made it to the college.

I’ve made it through much more difficult situations over the years.

I’ve made it with the help of Jesus, the controlling partner in the dance of my life.


Copyright Kaye Hinckley, 2015
Photo Credit: HenriqBastos, 2014,


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