March 15, 2016

The Caller

For my club series I recently attended a square dance club. In spite of the fact that many of these folks had been dancing together for years, there were moments of confusion that resembled a human demolition derby. I knew the dancers had to listen intently to the caller, but I was surprised at how attentive the caller was to his dancers. The caller said, “My goal is to keep everyone on the floor dancing. I want to wind up with the same eight people I started with…even if they don’t wind up with the same partner.” I’m reminded of those who listen to the call of the Lord. Jesus said, “And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day”(John 6:39 NIV). 

1 comment:

Steve Corey said...


-----And in the process, it is great fun. I know. I used to square dance. It took me many years to realize knowing the Lord is also great fun. We don’t really think of it as fun, because fun is further towards the superfluous end of its scale. Knowing the Lord is greatly joyful for much the same reason square dancing is great fun.
-----Square dancing requires abiding in a system. The system is a set of well known moves having common names which will be performed when that name is called in a dance. Everyone must abide for the dance to proceed instead of breaking down. Adam and Eve failed to abide in the system. This dance broke down. Then everyone forgot the calls. The dancers became self directed and self motivated. Chaos ensued.
-----Fortunately there is such a great multitude of dancers in this life, and the moves are so many and the dance so complex, that the whole dance of this life doesn’t just come apart at the seams and end. Individual dancers in life can square up with other dancers who are attentive to learning the moves and hearing the calls of a good dance. Amongst each other they perform well enough to make a place of respite from the chaos of an out of bounds world. Home with godly beloveds is the greatest place of respite. The gathering of loving, discerning, and wise others also knowing the Lord is a place of respite for the godly family. Amongst the chaos of the world, these places of respite can dance on in relatively good obedience to the Caller’s calls.

Love you all,
Steve Corey