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I met a man the other day that had a conversation with God.  It went something like this: 

“Okay, son, I am ready to answer your prayer.  You know…that one about seeing my glory fall.”

 

“Yes, LORD, I remember.  I want to see Your glory.  I want to dance with you.”

“Are you committed to the full work?  Are you willing to go through tribulation?“ 

“With You, LORD, all things are possible.  I will go, if You are with me.”

“There may be times when it does not feel or look like I am there.”

“Then with Christ’s faith, I will follow.  You must give me the faith.” 

It was one of those times when you don’t know whether to congratulate or sympathize.  “Wow!” was all I could say.  Talk about calling someone’s bluff…but I could tell it was no bluff with this man.  He had a determination in his eye.  He meant to see it through – whatever the cost. 

He went on to tell me that further inquiry of the LORD revealed that his motivation for seeing this adventure through could only be his love for the LORD.  It could not be the excitement of it – it may get mundane.  It could not be for the provision – it may not come in abundance.  It could not be for the joy – it may get difficult and discouraging.  “Trust and obey”, because He first loved us, was the only way for this man. 

I was astounded.  How could anyone commit to such a call?  How could anyone expect to see such a dangerous adventure through to the end?  My friend had the answer.  He explained how the LORD had patiently prepared him for this season in his life.  Then, he directed me to Psalm 18: 

 1 I will love You, O LORD, my strength.
 2 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
         My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
         My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
 3 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised;
         So shall I be saved from my enemies.
 

This was his battle cry; the LORD’s invitation to the “dance”.  In closing, he showed me Isaiah 41: 

10 ‘Fear not, for I am with you;
      Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
      I will strengthen you,
      Yes, I will help you,
      I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
 

This is the promise he will lean on when the going gets tough.  “Wow” was all I could say (again).  I walked away knowing I had met one that would be used to bless; and to take ground for the Kingdom.  And I went away with a question:  What did this man have that I didn’t?   

That night, I got down on my knees:   

“LORD, will You dance with me?”

“Yes, my son; but you must let Me lead?”