Can we pray for you today?
“Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees” (Hebrews 12:12).
I had to admit it. I had been sedentary for way too long. When I’d wake up in the morning I could feel the stiffness in my back. In the mirror I see the sagging where there used to be tautness. Too many years sitting at a desk, staring at computer screens all day. Out of shape. So, I have begun a low impact aerobics for a half hour each day. I clumsily try to follow a program on a Christian channel and do the exercises set to Gospel music.
The instructor says she is glad I tuned in today, to not get discouraged, to do what I can and above all to keep moving, even if all I can do is march in place. I feel like a klutz, constantly watching the women on the screen, trying to learn the moves. But, I am making progress! More of the steps are becoming familiar; I am not tripping over my own toes as much and can keep up without getting winded. My day goes better as well and I have more energy. And, hurray! hurray! – I am beginning to see the results of my efforts. The pounds are coming off little by little as well.
That made me think of my spiritual exercising as well. When I go about my world and forget to pray regularly, getting back to it feels awkward. My spiritual muscles have weakened from non-use. My faith, like my body, has sustained me, but it is sagging. I come to the Throne with guilt and shame, tripping over my own words. But God, in His wondrous mercy is patient. He whispers encouragements – “Don’t get discouraged, do what you can, keep moving.” Slowly, the extra pounds of worry, strife and anxiety I have been carrying come off and my weakened knees and drooping hands are strengthened.
He does that for each of us. If you are out of prayer-shape, know that God meets you where you are. He is just glad you tuned in again. Don’t get discouraged. Keep praying. Soon, your spiritual muscles will grow stronger, the worries of the world will begin to drop off, and you will have the stamina to face whatever happens. Just keep following the Leader. He’ll show you the right moves.
Questions: What Faith Aerobics do you need to begin or resume to get back in shape with God?