“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” (Micah 4:1, NIV)
This season means one thing at my daughters’ ballet academy: Nutrcracker. A few years ago, my older daughter, Anne, danced the role of an angel. She led a line of angels around the stage to form a path for the Sugar Plum Fairy’s grand entrance.
But at the final dress rehearsal, Anne got confused. She turned right when she should’ve gone left, and the result was an unholy collision of ballerinas in halos. When the Sugar Plum Fairy came onstage to find her pathway blocked, she dropped off her tippy-toe shoes and put her hands on her tutu-hips.
Anne was beyond upset. She cried all the way home. “What if I mess up in the real show tomorrow?” She fretted so much that she couldn’t sleep that night. But the next day when we arrived at the theater, Anne’s teacher met her at the door. “Let’s go practice onstage before the other girls come,” she encouraged. With the curtain closed, Anne’s teacher led her by the hand around and around the stage until she knew just what to do.
The performances were all a great success, with the angels perfectly aligned, and the Sugar Plum Fairly grandly entered. Anne’s teacher taught her the dance, so that she could go in the angel-path. In the same way, the prophet Micah said that God “will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” On our own, we don’t know what to do. We end up in one unholy collision after another. But–thank You, God!–we have a Teacher who leads us by the hand, teaching us His ways, so that we may walk in His paths.