Ethiopian Tango

19 May


“W-w-would you like to d-d-dance with me?”  The first time I asked that question the opening strains of the Beatle’s, Hey Jude, had just ignited a copious flow of under arm moisture and my heart rate doubled in anticipation of the first slow dance of the hormonal teen years.  I don’t dance much anymore…now it’s mostly observation.  River dance was very entertaining, and now the resurgence of ball room dancing with names like tango, rumba, quick step, waltz and salsa. 

There is a more difficult version of the tango here in Ethiopia.  The Ethiopian tango.  The footwork is easy, but it brings back the sweat and tachycardia just the same.  The foot work…one step forward and two steps back…repeat again…and again…and again, continuously mumbling, “take a sad song and make it better”.  Then you fall on your knees in a stunning realization.

It will never be about your footwork, or your sweat, or your heartrate.  You do not choose the music or the dance.  You can choose your partner, but he must lead.  You must surrender.  When the dance is over, He will get the applause.  He will share hope with hearts that the next slow dance is even longer. The eternal lyrics are more meaningful than, “Na, Na, Na Nah,…Na, Na, Na, Hah

All to Jesus I surrender;
All to Him I freely give                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.
          I surrender all,
          I surrender all;
          All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
          I surrender all.

All to Jesus I surrender;
Humbly at His feet I bow,
Worldly pleasures all forsaken;
Take me, Jesus, take me now

All to Jesus I surrender;
Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
Let me feel the Holy Spirit,
Truly know that Thou art mine.

All to Jesus I surrender;
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power;
Let Thy blessing fall on me.

All to Jesus I surrender;
Now I feel the sacred flame.
Oh, the joy of full salvation!
Glory, glory, to His Name!

2 Responses to “Ethiopian Tango”

  1. Sarah Fiechter May 19, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    Love this analogy!

    -If you and Susan do an Ethiopian dance you must post it for all of us to enjoy 😉


  2. mfiechter May 19, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

    Love your thoughts on this topic. So true! May we all continue to strive to be completely surrendered to Him by His grace. We love you! Mike & Shari

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