Yesterday afternoon I took a walk with my mom from her apartment through the skyways to Woodbury’s YMCA. We stopped for a few moments to watch an aerobic’s class in session. After a couple of minutes I discovered that it was a Zumba fitness class that utilizes Latin dance steps and movements for fitness. The Zumba fitness motto is, “Ditch the work out, join the party!” I quickly noted that there were no males participating and that I would have trouble doing even the simple moves. Still I am intrigued.
One reason for my interest is that I have often used the image of dance to express how our life with Jesus flows. Dance is more complicated, more nuanced, than simply walking or running. It has rhythm and expression that expresses a wide range of emotions and ideas. I believe our life with Jesus is more often a joyous dance with others moving in and out of the circle, than a somber march of following certain rules and regulations. Like dance, life in Jesus involves practice and spontaneity, community and solitude.
I doubt that I will be joining a Zumba class soon; I continue to have trouble discerning my left foot from my right. Recently at my mother’s apartment they had a dance and after some hesitation, I escorted my mom on to the dance floor. As we “danced” she said to me, “we’re not really dancing, we’re just moving our feet.” I laughed.
As we live with Jesus, sometimes we dance, sometimes we simple move our feet. But it is all graceful with his presence.
Jeremiah 31:13 Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old shall be merry. I will turn their mourning into joy, I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.
I love dancing…at the Firm Christmas party I was thoroughly enjoying being able to dance. This is a fitting way of thinking about our life with Jesus.
Maybe you should try the dancing game on my Kinect before joining a class 😉
I remember the special joy you had at your graduation dance. I even got to dance with your sister!
If you ever get the opportunity, you should talk to Brian sometime about dancing. When we first met he was very firm on his “I’m built for comfort not speed” philosophy, and then we had that Swing Dance class back at AFSA, and while I basically forgot everything, he held onto it-going to Swing Night at the caves as a routine event-and when we all roadtripped down to Knox, he and Tali got to talking about ballroom, and Tali is nothing if very good at getting people excited about things she loves.
Now he’s one of the best dancers at the U of M’s ballroom dance club, he goes to competitions. Which I think is interesting.