Could I Have This Dance

I’ve been having an incredibly enjoyable time the last week or so playing a sweet arrangement of Could I Have this Dance on my accordion.  I play it over and over again – several times a day – and often find myself walking through the halls at work singing the words of the refrain:

“Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?
Would you be my partner every night?
When we’re together, it feels so right.
Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?”

It took me several days to realize that what is really going on when I play the song or sing the refrain is an encounter with Jesus. That the one I’m asking to dance with for the rest of my life is Jesus. That the one it feels so right to be together with is Jesus. That the one I want to be partnered with forever is Jesus.

And the coolest thing about it is that, although I play or hum or sing the lines in the form of a question (could I…would you), I already know the answer to the question. I know that Jesus is happy to have this dance for the rest of my life…to be my partner now and forever. I know that it feels as right for Jesus as it does for me. Pretty awesome.

Update: After I wrote this post, I was sitting a little while ago with the passage from Saint James that is the first reading for today’s Mass. In the context of advising people to ask for wisdom, James writes, “ask in faith, not doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed about by the wind.” It struck me that the faith with which I ask Jesus to dance with me for the rest of my life is the faith with which we ought to approach God with all of our requests.