My Pointe of View

My thoughts on God, Life, and Dance

Servant Artists

Written By: jamieu - Aug• 14•12

I am back! It has been a long time since I have contributed to the world of blogging. This summer has been a whirlwind of adventures, change, challenge, and growth. As I mentioned in previous posts I had the privilege of working with Arrows International (www.arrowsintl.org) for a third time this summer. This year we traveled across the sea to jolly ol’ England. It has been a dream of mine to go to London since I was a little girl watching Marry Poppins jump into sidewalk art. Needless to say I was VERY excited.

During the training period in Oklahoma a quote came up in a devotion time that really stuck with me.

“Our dance is a towel to wash the feet of man – we are servant artists”

Wow – what a beautiful picture of what we do as artists who minister the gospel! I jotted it down in my journal but did not realize how God was really going to challenge me in this area during the next 3 weeks.

As a professional dancer you are constantly striving for perfection. Even your best day in class or on stage can be improved upon. Countless hours are spent in the studio training, rehearsing, and popping Advil like Tic Tacs. This is all in preparation for the moment when you step onto the stage and share your message. As a Christian professional dancer you work your toes to the bone to bring glory to God. The goal is not just to entertain an audience but to usher in the life changing presence of God. It can be  tricky, though, to tame your flesh. We are trained to be in front of an audience, to dance with excellence, and it can be easy to let pride creep in, a lesson I was about to relearn on this trip

One of my favorite scriptures is Proverbs 16:9:

“A man’s heart plans his way but the Lord directs his steps”

This trip was very planned out. We knew the choreography, had costumes, and specific events and places to perform. We were ready, but soon learned that the hours upon hours of preparation were to be broken as an offering before the Lord – we were prepared but it was up to HIM to do with us as He pleased.

There were many challenging situations: last minute changes, limited time to block, challenging spaces, etc. When we were at Project Dance London (www.projectdance.com) the weather (and flooring) did not want to cooperate. Rain came down off and on all day. The stage was slippery and left a nice black layer of paint on anything that touched it. The bathrooms were far away and there was no space in the dressing rooms. All factors that started to wear on me. While I knew I had to keep a good attitude, my flesh was upset. I was really looking forward to dancing at this event and we were not able to perform some of our pieces or even wear our costumes. Pride stated to seep into my thoughts, “We worked for hours on those dances and now we can’t even show them?  We can’t use our costumes! People will not take us seriously in sweat pants!” As these thoughts kept penetrating my thought life I realized how selfish and prideful I was being. Who was I to assume how God would use our team to minister? Didn’t Jesus himself, King of the Universe, humble Himself to the position of a servant? He literally washed the feet of HIS disciples! We had detailed choreography ready but God wanted us to dance spontaneously, in the rain, in the middle of London. It is moments like these that make you realize that this journey is so NOT about us. God moved that rainy day in London and He did it His way. This theme continued throughout our trip. We danced in the tube to music from an iphone. We put on an unplanned dance concert in front of a laundromat in a predominantly Muslim community (in sweat pants!) and God moved in a mighty way! I am so grateful for a God who is patient and willing to teach me how to serve with a heart like His.

2 Corinthians 2:15-16

For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.  To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task?”

 

 

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3 Comments

  1. Shana says:

    Hey there! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be okay. I’m absolutely enjoying your blog and look forward to new updates.

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