Today, I jogged for 45 minutes! What a record since I started. And with this jogging sessions with God, He taught me a lot of things. Some of them I will be sharing here. 🙂
(Backstory: Last Tuesday, I didn’t feel like running at all. But I had to since I wanted to form the healthy habit of exercising. This thing doesn’t just come in an instant, it has to be deliberately put into practice–pretty much the way we do with the Word. We don’t merely listen to it but we obey it. What a segway!)
The problem is, after about 25 minutes since I started, I felt a sharp pain in the lower left quadrant of my abdomen. It intensified as I continued braving the road. But what I noticed is whenever I slow down, it vanishes. But of course, since I AM driven by the need to form the healthy habit, I NEEDED to push through and continue! But it was SO HARD to focus as the pain intensified! I noticed it: my form was gone, the breathing pattern was gone, I got anxious (hopefully this is not something serious, I thought to myself), and a lot of other things were running on my head! So the inevitable happened, I SLOWED DOWN until I just walked. And by then the pain just disappeared! Then His Word hit me.
“The reason why the pain there’s pain is because You compromised the other night. You drank softdrinks.” Now when you’re an athlete (which I was, before, by the way), it’s a NO-NO to drink softdrinks as it will trigger that pain in the side! I have suffered from it countless times before, when I was still training. But this time, I sort of justified. “God, that was only 4 cups that I drank last night! I haven’t been having it naman for the longest time.” To which He replied, “Yes, but 4 is 4, son. 1 is enough to cause that pain. Think about what 4 can do! In the same way that there should be NO COMPROMISE with My people. 1 is 1 and My standard is perfection.”
I was at lost for words so I just breathed in and breathed out. By this time I already noticed the pain subsiding. Then I thought, “How can such a small pain in a small part of my body cause me to be thrown off the balance?” I felt like He smiled before giving His answer. “It’s the same with My body, John. When a small part hurts, EVERYBODY is affected. It might not be so tangible whenever you meet per group but the moment you meet corporately, it will be FELT and it will have an EFFECT on everyone else. Once you are a part of the body, you will always be a part of that body. In the same way that everyone whom I called belong to this body–My body. So I, being the Head, knows exactly where they are and how they are in their walk with Me.”
So He silenced me, yet again, with His wonderful reply. After a few moments of breathing in and out, I started thanking Him for walking with Me (since my running was turned into walking due to the pain). “You know what, son? The same remedy is true when the parts of My body–My sons and daughters–are not okay. They just have to SLOW DOWN and WALK WITH ME and ALLOW MY WORD TO SINK IN. Then My Word will accomplish the purpose to which I’ve sent it. It will ALWAYS HEAL. It will ALWAYS BRING LIFE. It will ALWAYS BRING HOPE, JOY, PEACE, SALVATION. And above all, it will ALWAYS BRING LOVE. For I AM the Word that walks with them, I AM the Emmanuel. I AM here. I AM in you. 🙂”
And with those words I breathed deeply, and I raised my hands to worship the One who gave this breath. “So be it, Father. Have Your way. Accomplish Your will through Your Spirit!”
So whatever you may be feeling now, the Head of the body knows. 🙂 And He doesn’t just know; He CARES and He LOVES. So slow down, think about it, and let Him speak lovingly to you through His Word! Have a blessed day! 🙂