My relationship with dancing is shaky at best. I took tap dancing in high school. Got dumped in a coat closet at a dance once and was not allowed to dance at my wedding. All in all, I would say we’ve had a love/hate relationship for most of my life. But something I will forever love is the idea of “leaving room for the holy spirit.”
This is the phrase that I heard at any Christian event that involved dancing. Now the first thing you’ll want to say is “You had it lucky, we weren’t allowed to even dance.” And that’s true, this post is not a complaint. It’s more of a celebration of a classicly Christian phrase.
And you’d only really hear it when you were slow dancing to songs like “The Lady in Red.” (Which by the way is an awesome awful song.) A youth leader would come over, pull you and your partner away from each other by the shoulders and say, “leave some room for the holy spirit you two.”
I always used to wonder if the holy spirit was cool with that. I mean, maybe when he heard that his first thought was, “Ugh, that kid is sweaty and covered with acne. That girl is nervous and applied her makeup with a firehose. Really? You’re leaving room for me between two hormone drunk seventh graders? No thanks. I’m all set.”