I have been going to my PT for just about 3 weeks now and this morning he and I did the circuit that I did in my second session.
After three weeks of training I have cut 15 minutes off my time, increased the weights used and improve my form. My muscles have started to get stronger.
I was thinking about this as I walked to work after the gym and how similarly your heart (a muscle) works with your relationship with God.
Moment of honesty: I am a talker, I talk through EVERYTHING…but then usually I’m done (not tending to hold grudges and just wanting to deal with whatever is going on). However, lately I have needed to talk through a lot more…and quite frankly had a few anxious moments, maybe even what some would classify as an anxiety attack. I’m a planner and when plans change I get anxious…
What God has been teaching me (again) is to run to Him. In those moments I am training my heart to immediately want to run to God. Much like my muscles are being trained to hold me up strong when doing press ups, my heart (muscle) is being trained to go immediately to God whatever the situation-Happy, Sad, Good, Bad.
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24 NIV
As I have trained my heart to go back to God every time I feel anxious, or sad or frustrated or angry, whatever the emotion. I stop. Thank God that He is always there and He loves me and then pray that He will fight this for me, on my behalf, knowing that I am not strong enough.
And sure enough, as hours and days have passed the anxiety is released quicker and faster as my heart knows that He is in control.
BLESS (AFFECTIONATELY, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul; and all that is [deepest] within me, bless His holy name! Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul, and forget not [one of] all His benefits–Who forgives [every one of] all your iniquities, Who heals [each one of] all your diseases, Who redeems your life from the pit and corruption, Who beautifies, dignifies, and crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercy; Who satisfies your mouth [your necessity and desire at your personal age and situation] with good so that your youth, renewed, is like the eagle’s [strong, overcoming, soaring]!