Let God Take the Lead

take-the-lead(This article is also featured on today’s CBN.com’s Daily Devotional as well as in the Upper Room Devotional magazine.)

I remember once taking salsa lessons with a group of friends. It was the first time I had danced where the women and men had clear roles: the men were to lead and the women would follow. Growing up as a woman in modern-day America, it was almost ingrained in my psyche that women should never allow themselves to be subject to man’s dominance. But as I came to enjoy the complimentary dance roles of leader and follower, and considered how God desires to lead us, I realized that many of us (both men and women) may have mistakenly come to equate leading with dominance, to our own detriment.

In ballroom dancing, the main purpose of the man is to empower the woman to express beauty, elegance, and grace through dance, hoping to wow their audiences. The man’s primary role is to continuously survey their surroundings, determine their course, and confidently guide the woman by gently pressing his hand against her back. When this occurs, the woman, who cannot see where the man is taking her, is freed from fear that they are in danger of colliding and instead, yields herself to the enchanting beauty of the music.

I will never forget one particular dance partner. He repeatedly failed to keep his hand strong and purposeful on my back. As a result, I found myself continuously looking over my shoulder in fear we might crash. Why? Because I could not trust a guide whose presence and confidence was lacking; it felt like I was dancing blind. But when I was paired with a man who confidently took the lead, careful to guide and protect my steps, I felt safe and secure in his arms, finally free to enjoy the dance.

Likewise, God desires to lead us, not in order to exercise dominance over us, but rather to free us to express the dignity and grace He intended for us from the beginning. In turn, because we are made in God’s own image, when we yield ourselves to His loving lead, embracing our God-given roles, we more accurately reflect His beauty and grace back onto a fearful, lost, and colliding world.

How can we learn to let God lead our lives?

Jesus warns us in Matthew 15:14 to avoid leaders who exercise religious dominance but reject the truth, “They are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”

Instead, when we yield our lives to a loving, all-wise, all-knowing God, we are free to become all that God intended us to be. We are confident He can lead us there because we have learned to trust in His unfailing Presence, Goodness, and Faithfulness.

“You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me…If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.” Psalm 139:5, 9-10

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  1. Anne Browm May 26, 2012 #

    Thanks Shadia, you have a gift.

  2. Judith Robl May 27, 2012 #

    Absolutey beautiful analogy! Well written, lucid, practical, thought-provoking, beautiful! Well done, my dear.

  3. theworddetective May 27, 2012 #

    Great analogy. Made me conscious to be more aware of dancing in a partnership. If I don’t respond to God’s leading as a man, a husband, as a father, Im going to trip all over my feet worrying about what I’m going to do next and not enjoying the art of movement. “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you, Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully” ~ 1 Peter 5:6-7.
    Thank you again for your loving and DANCING spirit.

    • Shadia Hrichi May 27, 2012 #

      Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement! I’m honored that it blessed you 🙂


  4. Vessel of God May 28, 2012 #

    Hi Shadia, I really enjoyed this post especially because I love dancing. You used such a simple and beautiful analogy to portray a deep and much needed message thank you so much for sharing these words of wisdom and truth.

    • Shadia Hrichi May 28, 2012 #

      Thank you so much for your encouraging words 🙂

  5. Donna Rhodes May 31, 2012 #

    Shadia, I just saw a movie with a similar name. I was amazed at the grace, the confidence and the freedom the dancers had. In fact, I watched it three times, so the dynamics of ballroom dancing are very fresh in my mind. Thank you for your encouragement and giving such a beautiful depiction of how God wants to lead us. I am truly blessed!!!

  6. Shadia Hrichi May 31, 2012 #

    Thank you, Donna! I’m thrilled it ministered to you and encouraged by your words. Blessings!!

  7. Kathryn January 24, 2016 #

    Sharia great vision for young volnerable women especially those in our RealOptions ministry who don’t even know they are being led blindly without real support and leadership…Id like to quote your wisdom when the presented!

    • Kathryn January 24, 2016 #

      So sorry for typos, my iPad has a mind of its own.

    • Shadia Hrichi January 24, 2016 #

      Blessings, Kathryn! Thank you for your support and encouragement! And you are welcome to quote me anytime. To Him alone be all the glory!


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