This blog entry is inspired by a dream I had on September 22, 2015.
I was astounded—my essentially non-church-going friend suddenly got up and made her way to the very front of the congregation. She broke away from everyone—this woman whose past wouldn’t be considered racy by today’s standard’s at all; but by Biblical standards she was like the Samaritan woman at the well who had many husbands—the one whose sin was called out by Jesus.
13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” 17 The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” 19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. John 4:13-19
My friend began to do a spontaneous, strange dance—strange in the sense that the moves were unusual, even for a modern type dance; they were unique and completely her own. At times they were on the “hip” side, reflecting the cool confidence I’ve always known her to have. At other times they were “odd,” like when she flung herself onto the ground face up; her back arching quickly up and down as if receiving CPR chest compressions.
“What the heck!” I thought to myself with skeptical eyebrow wrinkled.
“How weird! What on earth is she doing?”
But a second later I understood. “Ah! With her movement she gives testimony that God has brought her to LIFE!”
I continue to watch in amazement, as my friend danced oblivious to those around her. For someone had captivated all her attention and affection: the Lord! She’d always acknowledged God, and Jesus, but never had she been “in love” like this—simply awestruck! A miracle must have taken place; it was obvious her heart was theirs. And because of this, in her own unique way, she was giving sacred thanks. From the bottom of her being, and with all her heart, soul and strength, she worshipped!
Truly, she was a modern day version of another “female with a past,” whose story is told in the Bible. After the nameless woman broke into a dinner party given in honor of Jesus, she also presented Him with “strange” worship.
37 A woman who lived in that town, a sinner, who was aware that he was eating in the home of the Parush (Pharisee), brought an alabaster box of very expensive perfume, 38 stood behind Yeshua (Jesus) at his feet and wept until her tears began to wet his feet. Then she wiped his feet with her own hair, kissed his feet and poured the perfume on them. Luke 7:37-38 (CJB)
The host, Simon the Pharisee, was taken aback. From his reaction I conclude he didn’t welcome “her type.”
39 When the Parush (Pharisee) who had invited him saw what was going on, he said to himself, “If this man were really a prophet, he would have known who is touching him and what sort of woman she is, that she is a sinner.” Luke 7:39 (CJB) my emphasis
Nor did he recognize that the unique outpouring of her soul meant a great deal to Jesus.
44 Then, turning to the woman, he said to Shim’on (Simon), “Do you see this woman? I came into your house — you didn’t give me water for my feet, but this woman has washed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair! 45 You didn’t give me a kiss; but from the time I arrived, this woman has not stopped kissing my feet! 46 You didn’t put oil on my head, but this woman poured perfume on my feet! 47 Because of this, I tell you that her sins — which are many! — have been forgiven, because she loved much. But someone who has been forgiven only a little loves only a little.” Luke 7:44-47 (CJB)
Like Simon, I wasn’t too sure about my friend’s strange offering; it was “weird”; it was “different.” Plus, I’d known her to be one way for so long—a “good person” who was a bit on the worldly side—my mind couldn’t understand her transformation. Had I written her off? But suddenly, person after person in the congregation sprinted down to join her full-out worship. I was in awe; she had inspired them to turn whole-heartedly to the Lord!
There was no reason to delay. “OK.” I assented. Then, I ran down and joined in the strange dance—the dance God loves!
30 and you are to love Adonai your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your understanding and with all your strength.’ Mark 12:30 (CJB)
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