According to Wikipedia the Limbo Dance originated on the island of Trinidad. The dancer “leans backwards and dances under a horizontal pole without touching it or falling backwards.” As each dancer makes it under the pole, they return to the end of the Limbo line and the pole is lowered until just one dancer remains. You just Limbo lower and lower.
Our Pastor has been leading us through a series on Sundays called “Getting Low” and he gave the following example this past week and all that I could think about was the Limbo Dance. I was never good at the Limbo but I knew several people who were and I starting thinking about them and what made them successful.
The Pastor told a story about witnessing a couple who had been married for a long, long time. They appeared happy and content and he wanted to know what they attributed the secret of their marital bliss to. He approached the husband and asked him for some insider secrets and the husband said just four little words, “Learn to get low.”
Our Pastor said that at first it was befuddling to him, “learn to get low?” what the heck does that mean? While he was giving his explanation about “getting low” all I could visualize was the Limbo Dance and the pole getting lower and lower.
Some of the best Limbo dancers I ever witnessed were the ones who knew how to sway and maneuver themselves – they didn’t just “get to it” and attack the pole, they oftentimes got into the rhythm of the dance and swayed their way under the obstacle, taking it one small step at a time. I agree that it is all about “getting low” but it is also about learning the rhythm and getting into the limbo groove.
The European Commission for Economic and Financial Affairs produced a Limbo Youtube video using a stick figure and a limbo pole. You can view it here.
So, I ask you today – when obstacles come your way, how “low can you go?” before you just fall backwards and you’re out of the dance?
Limbo lower now….