“Lead and Follow” is a term that is used in teaching many forms of couple’s dancing (think ballroom and country two-step). In fact, some instructors have gone as far as proclaiming that unless a couple grasps this concept, they will never be able to successfully dance. That might explain why Leza and I struggle on the dance floor at wedding receptions.
A successful and beautiful dance requires one person to take the lead and the other person to follow. Both partners must assume and carry out their individual roles or else the dance will fail to produce the desired results.
Many people have described our time on earth as like the dance floor of life (think Garth Brook’s popular song “The Dance”). Journeying through our lives in a satisfying and beautiful manner necessitates that we accept our God-given role in the dance of life. As you might have guessed, that role is to follow the lead of our God who knows us fully, directs us faithfully and guides us perfectly in the path He has laid out for us.
The concept of allowing God to lead our lives is expressed in many places in the Bible including Proverbs 3:5-6 where we are told: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Our role is to trust and submit to the One who knows best how to lead us through all the twists, turns and steps of life.