I have made your name known… (John 17:6)
Extended reading: John 17:1-8
Matt Harding dances a goofy jig all over the world. His wife shoots video of the goofy jig and puts it on YouTube. And the world is a better place.
Matt’s strange odyssey began in 2003 while he was a young man backpacking around the world with a friend. They were taking pictures in the streets of Hanoi when his friend said, “Hey, why don’t you stand over there and do your stupid dance. I’ll record it.” Matt did it, and he kept doing it everywhere he went.
His video was posted on YouTube, and Matt became famous. He and his wife travel the world via corporate sponsorships shooting more videos of Matt dancing, usually with groups large and small. When you see someone dancing a goofy jig, you can’t help but join in, no matter where you are.
Matt’s website (www.wherethehellismatt.com) doesn’t mention God. It doesn’t mention religion. And yet when watching his videos of people of all types, sizes, colors, ancestry and means dancing together, one can’t help but know God a little better.
Jesus didn’t dance a goofy jig (as far as we know!), but he also went from town to town and stirred up the common people. He got their hearts dancing with his bold proclamations and caring touch. He wasn’t afraid of embarrassing himself as he went head-to-head with the powers that be. He did what he had to do in order to make God known to us.
Prayer: God of music and laughter, may I never feel embarrassed to make you known through my words, actions and – yes – even goofy dancing. Amen.
* This is one of the descriptions offered by my congregation in worship before Lent began.