Friday, November 7, 2008

Doing the Wave

When we have longevity in movement ministry, creativity must be utilized to keep from becoming predictable. Some dance ministries are very formulaic and this is highlighted as similaries or recurring themes are seen by the same groups over the years. The Lord has blessed us with many options to remain relevant and creative. A greater understanding of the Word will allow us to receive increased awareness of Divine creavity.

The beauty of movement ministry is that we do not have to be literal in order to convey a thought. Using flags, banners, and billows is great when we want to show a message or establish a spiritual atmosphere. One creative way to use flags and billows can be used to show the symbolism of waves. Waves can be understood as something that is overwhelming (storms and winds) as well as something that can be conquered (calming of the sea).

We do not have to be limited to the use of blue hues to represent the waves. Using billow cloths of various colors can be used to highlight peace and beauty, but there is a time when they can also represent storms, trials, and triumphs. In order to be effective with using flags or fabrics, we must practice with them. There are some wonderful resources that will educate us on some patterns and shapes that we can make with flags and billows, including instruction as to popular lengths, styles, and the type of material that yields the desired results.

The key for us is to always remember that the Lord is in control of the waves, and can also reveal to us ways to use flags and billows that may not have been shown to us by someone else. Incorporated along with dance, we can set wonderful backdrops as we minister. Billows or large flags may not be as effective in outdoor environments (wind, rain, etc), or in indoor settings with a powerful air conditioner. In these instances, we may opt to make another selection, or plan in advance in case adjustments need to be made.

Job 9:8 (NKJV)
He alone spreads out the heavens, and treads on the waves of the sea

Psalm 42:7 (NKJV)
Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; All Your waves and billows have gone over me.

Psalm 93:4 (NKJV)
The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, than the mighty waves of the sea.

Psalm 107:25 (NKJV)
For He commands and raises the stormy wind, which lifts up the waves of the sea.

Jeremiah 51:42 (NKJV)
The sea has come up over Babylon; She is covered with the multitude of its waves .

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