Life as a River
How's your Alignment?
So how did this happen - again? In spite of my mothers voice still ringing in my head - 'stop slouching and stand up straight', I still slouch and do not stand up straight. In spite of my best intentions to exercise and keep my muscles 'toned', I say to myself - "I 'will do more exercising tomorrow" - and you know how that one goes. After my hip replacement almost four years ago, and the resultant great relief from pain - I have been so happy with the relief, that I have neglected the Doctor's admonition to "Do your exercises every-day". Okay, are you getting the idea here.
My lower back hurts - My hips hurt - My knees hurt - My neck hurts -My feet hurt - And my head hurts just thinking about everything that hurts. So that is how and why when I simply turned around to flush the toilet, that old too familiar stab of pain in the lower back SHOUTED AGAIN!
So it is off to the Chiro's office to get RE-ALIGNED.
Just as my physical body can get out of alignment, so can my spiritual journey. It just means that through the daily activities of life, I begin to 'spiritually slouch' when I know better. It means that I don't 'spiritually exercise' as much or as I intend. It means that my best intentions require more than best intentions. Just because I am free from 'pain' - trials or the circumstances of life does not mean that I am continuing to grow. It in fact probably means that I have actually stopped growing - depending on myself rather than Him.
And then, without warning I wake up one day and feel dry, or empty. I don't experience the joy I once did. I don't see the hand of God at work in fresh exciting ways as I have in other times. I may or may not hurt, but I just don't feel as I once did. It may seem that I don't have the tolerance for the unexpected as I remember. I find myself impatient more often. It is not that I have abandoned Him, but that my slouching - slumping - sleeping and self directed ways have strained my relationship - As a result I no longer live with the freshness, power and peace I once did. I have gotten totally OUT OF ALIGNMENT.
So it is off to Him I go to get RE-ALIGNED
So I go to Him, and place my life in His Hands - to spiritually push - twist - pop and stretch where He chooses. Just as I cannot realign myself physically by not slouching anymore, or exercising more etc., neither can I spiritually realign myself through increased self motivation or behavior. The primary behavior is surrender and obedience. I place myself completely into His hands by dying daily to self, and allowing Him to reign at the center of my life - obeying His every command in every area of my life.
"Lord, here I am on the table - surrendering myself - repenting of my self sufficiency and ready to obey you in EVERYTHING that you ask of me. I trust you to realign my life to yours - Amen."
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
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