"We Played the Flute for You, and You Did Not Dance":


You have lived one more year. One more year of not dying. One more year of not turning into a vegetable. One more year of liveliness. It is your birthday.

You hear the sound of jingles, and then you see her- the beautiful Egyptian dancer. She is dancing to the sound of a golden reedless wind instrument, a basic flute. The flautist is blowing with all his might, exciting the air in the cylindrical cavity of the flute. The woman keeps dancing. As she twists her curvaceous body, her eyes are directly focused on you, secretly pulling you to the dance floor. Yet you do not dare yourself to move, although you are really enjoying watching her dance. She looks at the young man beside you, and again her eyes beckon to him, calling him to come forth. He stands up and begins to dance. You throw your head backwards and laugh at the unbelievable dance steps your friend is construing. But you don't show him how to do the steps right. You just sit back on your high pedestal and laugh. The sound of the jingles on her waist heightens, beckoning to all who are interested. Your guests are rising one by one. Some are good dancers, others are not- only making mockery of themselves. You do not join them. You do not show your talent in dancing, neither do you make a mockery of yourself. You do not dance.

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Have you ever been in a place where your heart tells you what to do, but you disobey it? A place where your conscience speaks but you choose not to listen? If you have, then a flute has been played for you, but you chose not to dance.

How can you see the vast resources of nature and not understand the wisdom of this world? How can you believe it all happened by accident? The trees, the mountains, the meandering rivers flowing down a hill? The flautist is playing His flute for you, but you are not dancing.

How can you think that you can't be forgiven? You forget the blood that gushed out of the body of Jesus when they pierced His side. You forget that He prayed that the cup should pass him by, but still received a cup of death. You forget these things and you go about your daily lives, acting as if you did not hear the sound of the flute. The flute is playing for you, but you are not dancing.

How do you see the forces of evil, but not the goodness of God? If the world is unjust, then there must be a good judge somewhere. If there are principalities and powers, there must be a greater power than these. That's why you still have the chance to overcome those things you think are plaguing you. You are alive because you need to be a victorious warrior. The flute is playing for you, but you are not dancing.

*This post was done to provoke you to think about your life, and the various ways you are not dancing to the flute of God.*

But what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their companions, and saying, "We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we mourned to you, and you did not lament." Jesus, Matthew 11:16
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56 comments:

RaNDoMer said...

Firsttttt!
aww Jaycee...how on earth do you write such gr8 pieces?!
luv it!
God bless you!

The poets voice ~~~ said...
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The poets voice ~~~ said...

second!!!!! yay.lol

Jaycee you hit the nail on the head with this post.

"If the world is unjust, then there must be a good judge somewhere. If there are principalities and powers, there must be a greater power than these.... You are alive because you need to be a victorious warrior."

It is like somebody complaining they are hungry when the food is right in front of them and all you got to do is reach out and get a spoon and eat.

The Lord has done all the work for us,we only need to walk in His victory.
He has paid the price with his blood!

I gotta start dancing to the flute.
Happy Easter!!x

Mimi said...

...makes one think even more about one's committment to Christ...

love u.

Mimi said...

meanwhile

can you please tell whoever is the author of The Peaculiar Tune of Service that,

I, Mimi, am sending a request via, you, JayCee, to access his/her blog.

I cannot read the note on service and I very much would like to.

Thank you, precious messenger ;) (pun intended...hope u figure it out)

agaba said...

You are a great writer
Seems to me you write effortlessly
It flows from your mind like a spring down a hill. It needs no effort to move, rather that with which to control the outflow.
Good job!

Afrobabe said...

Beautiful..

Yes, it is time to dance...dance with great joy at what today signifies...

Kafo said...

i am never going to be first

sniffle sniffle

i got here as soon as i can
okay now that i have seen that i am 8th

i will go to school and read this when i get back

have a blessed weekend

David C Brown said...

And He ends, "Wisdom has been justified by her children" - wisdom's children answer to he piping of divine grace!

Omo Oba said...

I love this. Jesus has done it all for us so y are we not dancing?

Neers said...

the music jaycee somtetimes is either too far or drowning in the din of everyday, both mundane and incredulous.

hi, long time!!

blogoratti said...

My hope is to dance more often...lovely message!
Great of you to share, thank you!

Debbie said...

Great piece!
I dance daily, but I need to dance more, lord give me grace, let me flow to the music of love that flows from your heart.

Arewa said...

Thought-provoking, at least for me.

I can hear that flute loud and clear but to move is a problem for me.

Happy Easter dear!

simeone said...

nice one jaycee..comes under the I believe there is a God post we did sometime ago...
"..and thou shall love the lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy might.."..mhen..i should be dancing more or is it dancing harder...bless you j..

Remi, United Kingdom said...

simply B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L

Thank you for this Jaycee... My God and King... I dance to the tone of the flue..

@ simeone, bros, I follow you dance more and harder...

sigh.. I simply and totally Love our God...

Jaycee God bless you.. loads.

Much Love
x

Lady A said...

That's what's up. You surely were in my world. Thanks and Happy Easter.

Jaycee said...

Randomer...its God...Amen. Thank you so much. Your pic makes me want to buy red lipstick...lol.

Poeticallytinted...its amazing how a lot of people actually witness works of witchcraft and sorcery (and believe that they exist), but they can't believe in God whose power is higher than all of that. That's why I made that statement.

Mimi.....MANY PECKS!!! (British style)...lol. Oh, ok...I will ask Pea to add your email (I remember now that I sent her my email a long time ago, when she went private). You sha know how to send pesin o!

Agaba...thank u so much. Thank u. ...like a spring down a hill... I pray it gets even better and better.

Afrobabe...I dance with you to the flute of God...

Kafo...lolll...abi o, one day one day jare! Have a FANTASTIC weekend sweerie! *wink*

David....In fact it would be nice if everyone could read the story in context. It started from how when John the Baptist was put in jail, he sent his disciples to ask Jesus if He was the coming Messiah, or whether they should wait for another one. EVEN JOHN THE BAPTIST himself began to have DOUBTS!!! The one who baptized Jesus. Geez, sometimes, our situations and circumstances can cloud our vision and cause us not to dance to the flute of God. But as you say, only WISDOM will cause us to answer to the piping of divine grace (loved your response).

Omo Oba...Great question. Seriously, why aren't we?

Neers...I understand exactly what you mean...the music is intended NOT to be mundane...it's different. How are you? How was your wedding?

Blogoratti...I want to dance more often as well.

Debbie...Amen. That's a great prayer...because at the end of the day, its only by GRACE!

Arewa...I know how "moving" could be a hard decision. But if you can really HEAR the sound of the flute, you will NOT regret it if you just move. In the words of Nike, "Just do it!"

Simeone...dancing more or dancing harder? Let's just use both...lol. Thank u Simeone.

Remi...no one needs to tell me how much you love Him. Your blog is a fruit of that. I hope you're having a fantastic weekend already. As you bless others with your words, keep this in mind: "the pipe that carries water must also be watered." :)

Lady A...lol @ being in your world. Happy Easter to you too...HE HAS RISEN!!!

Robyn said...

1st thanks for this.
so many times the flute plays but we dont dance so many times.

olubern said...

Still can't fathom how she does these pieces, so inspiring and articulate. I bless God daily for her life.

Dammy said...

Why do I keep feeling this is a post for me?

"Lord speak, your servant hears"

Bless you Jaycee.

webround said...

'if the world is unjust, there must be a good judge somewhere.if there are principalities & powers, there must be a greater power than these.' I love this.

Lolia said...

Happens everyday doesn't it? God plays His flute for us in various ways, and we do not dance...:(

I saw the title of your post and thought about the song "Lord of the dance"

I danced for the scribe and the Pharisee
But they would not dance and they would not follow me
I danced for the fishermen, for James and John
They came to me and the dance went on


Dance, then, wherever you may be;
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he.
And I’ll lead you all wherever you may be,
And I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.

Looks like we all need to become Jameses and Johns.

Have a wonderful weekend dear x

The Paradigm said...

sure got me thinking !!! lovely piece as usual !!

Sweetnothin' said...

hope the Lord open my ears so i could hear when the flute is being played for me

Emeka Amakeze said...

Your piece has made me dance like my life depended on it.

theicequeen said...

very inspiring! the flute is playing..it plays persistently..and i will not shut my heart to it..my prayer over the past weeks is for the strength to get up and dance...and that prayer keeps being answered!

i weally like your blog, btw...very inspired

StandTall-The Activist said...

This is more than thought provoking

LovePaprika said...

How can you see the vast resources of nature and not understand the wisdom of this world? How can you believe it all happened by accident? The trees, the mountains, the meandering rivers flowing down a hill? The flautist is playing His flute for you, but you are not dancing.


I love that bit!! this went a long way... Love this post so much I feel loved :) xx

Beyond said...

hmmn! very deep....may God help me n give me the grace to listen to him when he beckons...

happy easter dear

Telekinesys said...

I have resolved to put on my dancing shoes more often,stepping to the flute of God.

Thank you Jaycee.

JustDB said...

Hmm.. another spot on post Jaycee -- thanks for sharing....I sincerely hope I get to recognize the call of the flute in the first place!

tobenna said...

A lot of times I have been in that place you describe.
Nowadays, I nod my head instead of dancing like a 'were' just like David!
I gast to wake up.

THIRTY + said...

If the world is unjust then there must be a just judge.

I love

Kémi Penélopê said...

With everything we go through everyday, I am just so glad that it is God that is sitting on the throne...

*Meanwhile, I do hope you had a wonderful easter celebration? Anyways, do take care of you...

Olamild said...

"Have you ever been in a place where your heart tells you what to do, but you disobey it? A place where your conscience speaks but you choose not to listen? If you have, then a flute has been played for you, but you chose not to dance."


Not many can come up with this.
I am definitely guilty of not dancing when the music was played. May God help me and bless u 4 this post.

Dabizniz said...

I Trust God that you'll continue to sow great seeds in the readers minds.


Thanks God for putting the gift in you to be so expressive

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

hmmmmm...very insightful. Thanks so much for sharing

omoh said...

God bless you! i shud start dancing.

ShawnDaVinci said...

Great stuff!

OluOla said...

completely love this piece. no wonder you won the award. keep up the good work

Writefreak said...

Hey sweerie...how're you doing?

Writefreak said...

Hey sweerie...how're you doing?

adebanji said...

Always get fresh manna here! Never ever have I been starved here, may God bless you!

Penelope said...

Omg You are brilliant!!
GOd bless You!! You'll always be favored in his eyes because u are indeed special!
This was very beautiful!

uNWrItten* said...

thank you...i needed this right now.

StandTall-The Activist said...

ur interview is up my lady

Shubby Doo said...

sorry for being a stranger...i have had moments that i too do not dance but when i do dance it is for him...it reminds me that i am part of him...that i will return to him.

this post reminds me of the hymn 'i dance in the morning' the chorus is just delightful...it goes:

Dance, then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,
and I'll lead you all, wherever you may be,
and I'll lead you all in the Dance, said he.


p.s
i used to be a flautist

pp.s
witch of portobello by paulo cohelo talk about 'the dance' used to worship

Rita said...

Jaycee love, I just saw ur beautiful interview on Standtall's blog. You are indeed a blessing and inspiration to blogsville.

By the way, how are you doing? It's been a while.

Rose said...

Just saw your interview at Stand-Tall's...
I think you are really wonderful...

The Diary of A Naija Girl said...

Everday i stop by...I'm greatly inspired.Thanks

Kémi Penélopê said...

I know it can get so busy at times but I do hope you are doing alright...Anyways, do take care of you and keep being the wonderful person you are.

Have a blessed and fulfilled week ahead.

rethots said...

...funny enough, severally i came; even hear the flute play and had the thot to dance but, i simply did not have the presence of mind to begin.

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