Uni: "WHAT are you doing??"
Me: "I'm LEADING!"
Now a crowded Texas dance floor can be a pretty "dangerous" place. People often kick up their heels without concern as to who around them they may be kicking, and many of them have had a bit too much to drink. Navigating a pathway through this mass requires a certain bit of skill, and that task appears to be the responsibility of the male dance partner - in this case, me.
But the female partner -- Uni -- is often at a loss as to what is going on; she has to move backwards blindly through this danger zone. She has to trust her partner!
A common metaphor used in the New Testament is the church -- believers -- as the bride of Christ. To extend the analogy, we take the female role with Christ as our Bridegroom. Many have also compared the Christian life to a dance. If I may combine the two analogies, then I as a believer take the female role with Jesus as my male dance partner, and He is the one who leads, through His Word and His Spirit.
And life is like that crowded Texas dance floor. It can be at times difficult to navigate. We move through as smoothly as we can, following the music, led by our Bridegroom who can see what we can't. Sometimes we're forced to make quick turns or even change direction. Sometimes we have to stop and simply dance in place. We have to trust His lead.
And we too, often question His leading. We often ask Him what on earth He's doing. But hopefully we're learning that He knows where He's leading us.
As I said, we're not very good at it, and I have sometimes led Uni in the wrong direction; sometimes we get out of step with each other. There've been bumps, stumbles and even the occasional fall.
But we can trust Jesus; He never fails to lead us in the right direction. All we have to do is follow!