Nutbush City LImits
As I was preparing my move to Canada with the liberté city family, one of my pastors, who was helping me prepare for the trip, was encouraging me to do some research about Canada in the hopes I would acclimatise better to the new culture.
When I arrived, I was pleasantly surprised by the Canadian Culture, despite being on the other side of the world, it wasn’t that different from Australia. The thing that I feel most unease about was the fact that no one else in the world, knows what the Nutbush is.
In Australia, the Nutbush is a dance similar to the Macarena and the chicken dance. Everyone participates in it at school events, formals/proms and weddings. It was deeply-rooted in our DNA. If you are an Australian that doesn’t know how to do the Nutbush, you probably aren’t Australian.
Despite my shock knowing that the rest of the world didn’t know how to do the Nutbush, it gave me the golden opportunity to teach the world how to do it. I can proudly report back to my Aussie friends that now 40 or so Kiwi’s and Canadian’s now know how to dance the Nutbush. PTL
My experience of teaching people about this foreign Australian dance got me thinking about a story in the bible from the book of John.
(I’m going to do a bit of paraphrasing here)
In John chapter 5 verse 1 to 17, Jesus is walking by a pool called the Bethesda. He sees a paralysed man who has been laying there for 38 years and strikes up a conversation with him.
Jesus asks him “do you want to be healed?”
The man responds, “Sir I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going someone else jumps in ahead of me.”
Jesus answers him and says to the man “Get up, take your bed, and walk.”
You can probably see where this is going. After saying these words, the man takes up his bed and goes into the temple to worship. Later on, we find out that this man has another interaction with Jesus, to which the paralysed man went away from the temple and told everyone that Jesus had healed him.
In the story, the mat that the man was laying on (what a mouthful) for 38 years represents our testimonies. In the same way Jesus told the man to take up his old, dirty and probably stinky mat, Jesus also asks us to carry around our, dirty, old and stinky testimonies around with us.
Why does Jesus tell us to take up our mats?
Well in teaching other cultures a foreign dance, I have noticed a few things about sharing part of your story with someone else.
One of the most amazing things about the Nutbush is everyone loves it. It’s simple, easy to learn and heaps of fun. In the same way people join in with the Nutbush, people can also partake in your testimony. Though your story may be full of emotions, it’s those emotions that connects, resonates and brings people closer together.
Secondly, your testimonies allow people to see different stages of your life. Just like the paralysed man, people were able to see the mat that he used to be bound to, but after he was healed they were able to see that something amazing has happened to him.
Thirdly, no one can take away the authority of your story. No one knows your testimony as much as you do, heck you’ve lived it. You’ve experienced the highs and the lows of your life. When we use our testimonies to point back to Jesus, it is an opportunity for other to experience it too.
P.S. If I get a chance to meet you, I’ll teach you the dance