He twitches, shakes, and moves in an unfamiliar alien dance. He walks ten to fifteen steps, then suddenly goes back into his chaotic movements. Right leg goes left. Left ankle launches into “Staying Alive” gyrations. His head shakes up and down. Trying to follow his strange walk-dance is mind blowing…and comical.
Whitehead was told by the prison doctor that his cholesterol was too high, and exercise was highly recommended. To comply, he sweats his cholesterol off. He wears layers and layers of the funniest workout clothes. No real sense can be made of it all, but one thing is sure: if sweating lowers cholesterol his must rank among the lowest.
He walks around the prison yard, dancing as he goes. There is no destination, just the journey. His efforts have driven his bad cholesterol lower and elevated his good cholesterol. Whitehead’s results are impressive, and even alluring to those of us who also have high cholesterol. Even though his comical dance and interesting choice of workout clothing is embarrassing, he now has two copycats, imitating his style.
Whitehead reminds me of bees and Christians. On a nature program, I learned that bees dance to communicate. When a bee has come across a source of food, the dance it performs gives directions to that vital source of nourishment. I don’t totally understand how it all works, but the bees use the position of the sun, and choreograph their dance to communicate “Bee-GPS,” so all can gather and enjoy the food. The joy of one bee’s find is shared throughout the hive.
One of my most favorite things to witness is a sinner who comes to saving faith in Jesus Christ. With little knowledge of theology, or understanding of deeper doctrines, the newly-born Christian rejoices at his discovery. A faith dance begins. He shares his rich find of grace and mercy in a way that some might find awkward and untrained. But it works. Others begin to get curious. They listen. They receive the miracle message of the gospel through the rawest form of witnessing. And some way, somehow, other believers watch the dance and share the good news, too.
Even in prison I am blessed to see God’s wonderful hand at work. Dance-walk can increase health in the body. Bee-dance can provide GPS directions to worker bees, which will go gather essential food for the hive. And the newly-born believer’s dance of joy can energize the weary, worn-down brother who had given up on sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.
Maybe it’s time we all dust off our old dancing shoes and start dancing again. We just might attract some curious eyes, and find a beautiful opportunity to share the wonderful love, mercy, and grace of God – the Creator of dance.
….relearning the “Electric Slide”…
Adrian G. Torres
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