I’ve always loved to move, but after reading this post from Robyn today, I asked myself, ‘Why have I been moving this week?’ Robyn really made me think about the ‘why’, the motivation behind all the movement I do every week, whether it’s a walk with the dogs or a short jog down our road. I would often move or not stop moving for over 10 years out of guilt, because I didn’t think I had done enough, and now I’m re-learning how to enjoy that movement that I do love so much, without doing it out of guilt.
For a long time I definitely didn’t enjoy rest as much; I felt like I couldn’t rest, like I didn’t deserve rest. Isaiah 40:28-31 was really convicting though, when I realized I wasn’t waiting on the Lord. I was just plunging on ahead, hoping that my energy and my body would somehow hold out; the thing is; it doesn’t.
Movement is such a tricky thing. It’s a blessing to be able to move our bodies, because God gave us muscles and ligaments and basically, He made us to move. He didn’t make us to just be sedentary, but I think our culture has kind of demonized ‘being a couch potato’ to the extent that many of us have fallen into the other ditch of moving all the time and not allowing a moment or very many moments for rest and refreshment.
This is concerning to me.