It was the making of a perfect evening. Snow lightly falling, beautiful hardwood dance floor, refreshments, punch and lovely couples to enjoy the night with. This was our annual ‘Dance with Me Ministries’ Christmas Ball. After our first 8 weeks of dance/marriage class we celebrated with our Christmas Ball. Alumni and couples currently taking the class were invited. A time to dress up. It’s a date! CSPS building in downtown Cedar Rapids made a perfect venue.
The dance playlist was filled with Christmas tunes. Fox Trot, Waltz, Polka, Rumba, Swing and Slow dance was in the mix.
Dan and I were doing a swing song to Louis Armstrong’s Cool Yule when the unimaginable happened. The next thing I knew, I was on the floor. I fell in front of all our dance friends and landed on my bum. A gasp was heard from those who witnessed this horror with their dance teacher on the floor. I was hurt mentally and physically. Tears began to well up in my eyes.
Dan reached down and gently picked me up from the floor and took me in his arms and said , “I am sorry, babe.” He, as the leader of the dance, felt responsible for me landing on the floor. We had no idea of how it even happened. As far as I knew, I tripped over my own two feet. I knew he hurt right along with me.
I remember thinking, I don’t know if I will ever dance again. There was now fear of doing difficult steps on the dance floor. I had a decision to make.
When thinking of this not-so-pleasant dance memory, I thought how it was a picture of how God picks us up after we have fallen. I know this personally, in so many ways. In my marriage, as a parent, as a friend, and my obedience to God’s word. I fall on a daily basis. But very lovingly He picks me up again and again. He loves me, encourages me, and puts me on my feet again. His grace is sufficient for me. At that point, I have a decision to make. I can stay down in defeat or move on and dance again.
I am so thankful for the love of my husband and my heavenly Father!
God’s Word- Isaiah 41:10-“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”