A few years ago, while participating in a spiritual formations retreat, I became aware of how my posture towards God impacts how I perceive His presence. We had been given an assignment and were invited to seek a quiet place outdoors to consider, pray and wait for God to speak to us regarding a certain topic. I found my place at the end of this dock, on an overcast day that looked much like this picture. At the end of this dock was an Adirondack style rocking chair that I was perched in. As I tried to engage my mind and not wander off on my mental to do list, I began to slowly rock in this chair. The rails of the rocking chair would catch at the angles against the slats of the dock causing a jerk in the rocking motion. I became aware of this jarring motion so I adjusted my speed, changed my push off methods, moved myself in different positions to balance in my chair…it became a bit of a game to me to see how I could affect the rocking motion and see if I could make it rock smooth. Eventually I slowed the rocker to the point that if I held my feet up, crossed at the ankle I could get it to stand still on the edge of the slat and suspend itself mid-rock, just hanging there waiting to move one direction or the other. What I discovered next was that when I would ever so slightly tip my head to see how far my feet were off the ground it would break the delicate balance I had created and the chair would rock forward, ending the suspended posture. Before you think I am off my rocker, literally, here is what God spoke into my heart at this very unintended moment; I was looking at the wrong things. When I looked at my feet, I lost the delicate balance I was striving for, but when I kept my head up I could just sit there in that balanced place for as long as I wanted. It was all about my posture, keeping my eyes on the right things!
I was reminded that day that God wants me to be postured in a way that my eyes are on Him, not on the things that I am doing to keep my balance, truly He holds the key to my balance. If I keep my eyes on the One who saves me, then He really will save me from falling.
“The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.” Psalm 37:24, NIV
God began to speak to me about my spiritual posture, I was slumping, easily discouraged, at times I could become stalled out in my walk because of the pressure points. One area of my posture that needed attention was my core, as I was sitting in the rocking chair that day God spoke to me about C.O.R.E. issues that needed my attention:
Consistently: I need to be consistent in being with Him. Psalm 119:16
Obeying: Obeying God is a non-negotiable, it is no longer a debate. Exodus 12:24
Restores: I have learned in a new way how only He can restore my soul. Psalm 23:3
Expectancy: Each time I walk in obedience it increases my faith for what is next. Psalm 5:3
My posture brings balance by bring C.O.R.E. strength to my spiritual walk. There is something powerful about the cyclical process of these C.O.R.E. truths, each step brings strength to the next step. Today in your worksheet you are going to have the opportunity to work on your core. What are the areas that God is speaking to you about that affect your posture before Him?
Today’s worksheet: handout 9_18_2013
Love being at the well with you!