i don’t usually dance. mostly for the safety of everyone…

a few nights ago, my 5 month old son was having trouble sleeping, which in turn meant that our whole house was having trouble sleeping. it was my turn to get up, so i crawled out of bed and stumbled through the dark hallway into his room. after a few moments, i realized that all of the tricks i had acquired as a young father weren’t going to get him to fall back asleep. the only thing left to do was to pick him up from his crib and hold him on my shoulder, hoping he might calm down. over the next fifteen minutes or so i carried him around his room in what became a sort of waltz—an intimate and peaceful dance between father and son. as we swayed back and forth, a lyric in a song we’ve sung in church came to mind. it’s a lyric that is a beautiful portrayal of God’s love, but it’s one that i’ve sung without really being able to grasp the meaning of until that evening.

“you dance over me, while i am unaware. you sing all around and i haven’t heard a sound. Lord i’m amazed by you, how you love me.”

i was telling allison about this the next morning. she said it reminded her of a scripture verse from the old testament book of zephaniah (i’m not one that can usually recall verses from obscure parts of the bible off the top of my head, but my wife is, which is why i married her…). ” zephaniah 3:17:   “The Lord your God is with you. He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”

He will take great delight in you. He will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.

as i enjoyed that late-night dance with my son, i realized that even in our most unaware moments (which can be most of the time), we are immersed in the depths of God’s love. it’s a love that rejoices over us in dancing, that delights in us, that quiets us. it’s a love that sings over us. it’s nothing that we’ve done—our role in this picture is that of an unaware, helpless infant content upon the shoulder of a father. as in the case with my son, the joy and pride i feel for him is simply because he is mine.

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~ by bradherndon on June 9, 2009.

2 Responses to “i don’t usually dance. mostly for the safety of everyone…”

  1. Your post blessed me today. Thank you. (I even tagged your blog to mine, so others could read it.)

  2. Awesome how God speaks to us in intimacy like that. Who knew that a sleepless night and HS marching band experience could be combined into one to give you (and now us) a glimpse of Him.

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