Have you ever had so much on your schedule that it gives you heart palpitations just to look at your calendar? I know I sure have. In fact, I am in one of those seasons now and I don’t like being here because I know it’s not God’s best for me and my family. As I was praying about how I got to this place, because I was doing so good at limiting the things I said “yes” to, God dropped a great visual illustration on my heart that I want to share with you.
You may already know this about me but I have been teaching group fitness classes for close to ten years. God speaks to me in many ways but he often does it in the form of exercise(it’s like He knows me or something). 🙂 I see so many parallels to our physical and spiritual beings and I just love it.
As I was praying about how my life somehow got too busy God reminded me of something I often see in participants who take my class. Every single time I have my participants do squats I have to remind at least one of them to look up. When you do squats and you stare at the ground it causes your body to follow…before you know it your weight is in the balls of your feet, your back is hunched forward and you may feel a little wobbly or fall down if they weight on your back is really heavy. All my classes know what I mean when I say “where your eyes go there your body will follow”. It is their quick cue to look up.
God showed me this squat form is true in our everyday life. When we stop reading His word and praying we are looking down and our actions begin to follow. Before too long our life is out of alignment and if we are carrying a heavy weight we may even fall down. Matthew 6:22 reminds us of the value of our eyes and what we focus on:
Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light.
I am guilty of not getting in God’s word on a daily basis. Somehow that “superhuman” mode turns on in me and I think I can run on fumes. The truth is that we can’t run on fumes, we must continually fill ourselves with the word. If you can relate to this at all please join me in praying for a hunger for God’s word, begin looking up again and ask God to help arrange your schedule the way He intended in the first place. 🙂