I Will Dance Until The Music Stops - The Legacy of Geoff Richards
Tuesday, September 3 2019
From my September 2011 devotional journal:
“I have never met anyone like Geoff Richards before. Listening to him feels just a little like what it might have been like for Mary sitting at Jesus’ feet and listening to Him.
Geoff is a man who exudes LIFE: abundant, joyous, confident, trusting, hope-filled, fearless LIFE. “I will dance until the music stops…” – spoken by a 68-year old widower, whose MRI reveals a skeleton that looks like a Christmas tree, so cancer-ridden is he. And yet – and yet – I have never met anyone who exudes so much LIFE, overflowing LIFE. He lives a life of daily trust and confidence. His faith in a loving God who cares for him is unshakeable. Joy and hope flow out of him. In Christ he is fearless, absolutely fearless. He lives with such authority, with a power and an energy bubbling and flowing out from him like rivers of life-giving water… As I sit and listen to him, I am speechless really – with only a deep deep longing to live the kind of life he is living, a life that is so “in Christ” and so “not of this world”, a life so much richer than any life I have ever seen or experienced before.
“I will dance until the music stops here on earth…” he says. And that’s just it: despite the reality of his difficult circumstances, he is dancing! His whole life is a joy-filled, hope-filled, adventurous dance!
Whereas mine, at the moment, is a trudging – not a dancing. A slow, heavy-footed plodding – not a fun, light-hearted quick-step. An inching forward, held back and weighted down by a hundred worries and a thousand fears, all of which paralyze and incapacitate me to the point of near total ineffectiveness. Sigh… how I long for the abundant life-filled dancing that Geoff experiences and expresses every time we meet…”
Those words of mine were written eight years ago. Geoff Richards did continue to dance until the music stopped for him here on earth. Three years ago now he was called to his eternal home in heaven to continue the dance there.
And as for me: my trudging and plodding has lightened over the years. Slowly, very slowly, I am learning to trust God’s everlasting love and continued faithfulness over me. Slowly, ever-so-slowly, I am learning to lay my anxieties and fears at the foot of Jesus’ cross, and know His peace that surpasses all understanding as it guards my mind and my heart in Christ. I don’t dance nearly as lightly and joyously yet as Geoff used to – but I am learning the steps, lightening my load, finding freedom and joy in trusting Him who is eternally good and merciful towards me.
Hopefully one day I will be able to say, just as Geoff used to: “I will dance until the music stops for me here on earth. And then, I will keep right on dancing in heaven.”
“You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.
You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,
that I might sing praises to you and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!”
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