By: Karrie Beck
It’s funny how God works sometimes. I have more coincidences than paper to write them on regarding the number of times Frank and Bernadette Pickett have woven themselves into my life. Yet each story has one common theme: surrender.
Frank and Bernadette have been instructing ballroom for over fourteen years and although their teaching style makes the steps easy to learn and retain, it’s the life lessons they teach off the dance floor that seem to endure the longest. Before each new series of classes, they begin with a dance prayer. This prayer sets the tone for the session and shows a glimpse into their successful fifty-one year partnership as man and wife.
“When I mediated on the word guidance, I kept seeing ‘dance’ at the end of the word,” says Bernadette. She continued, “I remember reading that doing God’s will is a lot like dancing. When two people try to lead, nothing feels right. The movement doesn’t flow with the music, and everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky. When one person realizes that, and lets the other lead, both bodies begin to flow with the music. It’s as if two become one body, moving beautifully. The dance takes surrender, willingness, and attentiveness from one person and gentle guidance and skill from the other.”
My husband and I are often asked, “Why are you taking ballroom dance lessons?” It began simply as a way to try something new together. One thing we can both say for sure is that the holy spirit was alive within both of us during those first few classes; helping us learn how and when to let the other partner lead. It just makes sense that we’d need a refresher in that area every now and again. Which is why we go back and take a class occasionally. It sounds silly but it’s true; it’s not an easy thing to do, but it is an easy thing to admit – learning to let go made us better partners.
It’s been years since our journey with Frank and Bernie first began. I thank God for bringing them into our lives. Between the exercise, laughter, and fellowship – ballroom classes with Frank and Bernie have been one way we’ve added bricks to help build our marriage foundation.
With a class costing around the same as a trip to the movies if you’re even the slightest bit curious about trying ballroom dance, give them a call and take the leap. Currently classes are being held Monday nights from 6:30-8:30 in Port Huron. There are singles who attend classes too; anyone who wants to learn can be partnered up. All ages and skill levels are welcomed. Bernie and Frank work at the level you’re at and help you progress at your own pace.
Give them a call today!
Instructors: Frank and Bernadette Pickett (810) 334-9019
“As I lower my head, I became willing to trust that I would get guidance about my life. Once again, I became willing to let God Lead. My prayer for you today is that God’s blessings and mercies be upon you and your family on this day and everyday. May you abide in him as he abides in you. Dance together with God. Trusting Him to lead and guide you through each season of your life. Amen.” Bernedette Pickett