You Can Dance With God – What I Learned in Puerto Rico

A few weeks ago, I went on the trip of a lifetime to Puerto Rico with my friend Alexandra. We had an amazing time exploring the island and visiting all the tourist attractions. I expected to have an amazing time, but something happened that I was not expecting. God brought me to Puerto Rico to show me a deeper glimpse of his love.


Dancing with God

I’m sorry that this photo is blurry, but salsa dancing is a fast moving activity! In Puerto Rico, everyone loves to dance. Edgardo, pictured above on the right, told me that salsa dancing is as vital as walking.

I barely knew what I was doing, but Edgardo led me through the motions of salsa dancing. He took my left hand and placed it on his shoulder and held my right hand with his left hand. As he led me through the steps, there were a few mistakes, but mostly I spun around confidently. Every now and then I would step on his foot, we would laugh it off and keep dancing. His leadership and guiding hands were so gentle and sweet. I had a blast and felt like a cherished dance partner.

After a night of dancing, I asked God, “Why can’t I dance with you? I want to experience these feelings with you God. I want your love to lift me off my feet and spin me in a circle. I don’t want to just know you love me, I want to experience your love.”

I went to bed that night wondering why I couldn’t dance with God. That is when I remembered a Psalm that I had read that very morning. I got up, opened my Bible and read exactly what I had read that morning.

“and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great. You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip.” Psalm 18:35-36.

To me, those words sounds like dancing. When dancing with God, my feet would never slip and his right hand would support me just like Edgardo’s right hand. God showed me a glimpse into his gentleness during that salsa dance.

One of my college friends always said what she looks forward to most about heaven is getting to dance with Jesus. I never understood what she meant until this moment. I can’t wait to dance with Jesus face to face, but I can still experience him now. I can experience his support, gentleness, and guidance, as if we were salsa dancing and he was the leader.

Take God’s hand. His hand is there for support.

Take God’s hand. His gentleness can make you great.

Take God’s hand. Your feet will not slip.

Take God’s hand. Join him in the dance.

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11 Comments on You Can Dance With God – What I Learned in Puerto Rico

  1. Debra Pedrow
    January 12, 2015 at 8:52 pm (7 years ago)

    Joy, what a lovely post! I feel like I’m dancing too, with your detailed descriptions. oxoxox

  2. Lauren
    January 12, 2015 at 9:06 pm (7 years ago)

    Jou what an awesome expirence! I dont get into the word enough but I love how God gives us what we need in word or sermon before we even know.

    • joypedrow
      January 13, 2015 at 12:15 am (7 years ago)

      Yes Lauren! That is one of my favorite things God does. He puts those thoughts in our head.

  3. Christine
    January 18, 2015 at 4:39 pm (7 years ago)

    What a wonderful post, Joy! I love how God worked this all out so perfectly for you! Thanks for blessing us with your words!

    • joypedrow
      January 20, 2015 at 1:03 pm (7 years ago)

      Hi Christine! Thank you for your encouraging words. I pray that you can experience Gods love and dance with him 🙂

  4. Carolyn Dale Newell
    January 24, 2015 at 5:28 pm (7 years ago)

    What a lovely description of life with God. Truly, He guides us through each and every trial and each and every circumstance without ever letting a slip. Dropping in from the blogger CareGroup.

    • joypedrow
      January 25, 2015 at 1:47 pm (7 years ago)

      Hi Carolyn, Thanks for visiting my blog! God does guide us through every trial and circumstance. Thanks for your encouragement!

  5. Anita
    January 30, 2015 at 3:58 pm (7 years ago)

    Hi Joy,

    So glad you had this wonderful adventure. I can’t wait to run into Jesus’ arms. 🙂

    • joypedrow
      January 31, 2015 at 10:49 am (7 years ago)

      Hi Anita! You can run to his arms now! You don’t need to wait for anything. <3

  6. Beth
    February 22, 2015 at 1:00 pm (7 years ago)

    Thank you for sharing your experience! I too have discovered that we can praise God through dance… even if it is during my own prayer/devotional time – I am rediscovering dance in a whole new way by dancing with and for God! Blessings, Beth

    • joypedrow
      March 2, 2015 at 10:46 am (7 years ago)

      That is amazing! How fun would it be if we started dancing at church! Thank you for sharing Beth!


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