Yesterday I got a call from an old friend. Ken was a student in the campus ministry when I arrived at Clemson 11 years ago. Now Ken is a doctor with his own practice in Chattanooga, TN. Clemson had a football game so we planned to get together for dinner after the traffic died down. When I got to the church, Ken called and said they were still windowshopping and wanted to know if I could meet them downtown. I knew parking would be rough so I decided to walk. This was by far the most I had walked in 12 days. Maybe half a mile round trip. Up to this time the most I had walked was from my truck to the door of someone I was doing Bible study with or a Meals on Wheels recipient. I knew it might be difficult.......but it was so nice stretching the legs and strolling around! I took my time and enjoyed it. And then this morning came, and my calves felt like they had been put through a grinder. After only 11 days, a 1/2 mile walk left me aching. Can you believe that? A little inactivity left me seriously debilitated. lol. Its crazy how quickly we lose the things we don't use.
For the last couple weeks I have not been praying like I should and have suffered for it spiritually. I looked down at my skinny legs today and realized that any where I want to go in this life, and I mean who I want to be, who God wants me to be, these legs are not going to get me there. I prayed for God to take me where my strength, my will and my effort will always fall short. I want to walk to the spiritual mountaintop. I know it involves me. Its just not something I can do on my own. I started realizing there are a lot of spiritual muscles I've probably not exerted in some time. I started wondering if there was such a thing as spiritual soreness. I would guess so. Some aches and pains always accompany growth and conditioning. Its a good sore though. Its the kind of sore when you know you are better off than you were before; the kind of sore you know will eventually pass. I believe God has something incredibly special in store for me. I don't know why I believe that. I just do. And if I'm going to be ready to take advantage of his blessings I've got a lot of stretching and straining to do. I need to prepare. I'm now wondering if these great blessings God is wanting to give have been delayed until I was ready. He doesn't want me to fail any more that I do. Don't get me wrong, I already feel blessed beyond measure. Its just I think there may be something new I have just begun to fathom. I don't know. I guess I will just have to wait and see.
Hopefully next week my knees will be as sore as my calves are today.
Well hope you are doing well. I pray your walk with him has been glorious this week!