As a teenager, my dad owned a used Lotus Europa. This sports car felt like you were riding in a rocket while actually sitting so low to the ground it felt like you were going a hundred miles per hour – when actually it was only 45. My dad and I loved riding around all the back roads of North Florida, “seeing what the car could do.” Years later, something in the car broke that the local mechanic couldn’t fix. The car sat under its tarp for weeks, then months, which eventually turned into years. What began with one mechanical difficulty grew into an insurmountable amount of needed repairs until one day the Lotus was hauled away. The car did not disintegrate from an accident or misuse. It dissolved before our very eyes from nonuse. A car like that is not meant to sit; it’s meant to be used.
God designed our bodies the same way. Our bodies are not meant to sit – they are meant to move. How much is your body moving these days? When I work from home there are days when my largest burst of activity is going from the office to the kitchen to make a cup of tea. Sitting is easier than moving. But there’s good news! God actually designed your body so that the more you exercise, the easier it is to continue to exercise. “Your heart pumps more efficiently. Your circulation improves. Your muscles take longer to fatigue. Your body may get lighter, more compact, and easier to move through space.” (1) God was so smart to create your body to want to keep doing something it definitely needs.
In Psalm 139:14, the author clearly recognized that our bodies are a miraculous gift.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
The word fearfully may seem a little weird but actually it means awe. If you let yourself think about it, your body, regardless of its limitations, is AWESOME. What a gift from God to be given a body that not only needs to move but when you begin to move, you will want to move more. That is the way the Lord made our bodies. You may be thinking “That sounds nice, but you don’t know my difficulties. If this was before the procedure, the diagnosis, the weight gain, the handicap, THEN maybe I could have exercised regularly.” It’s true, I do not know your difficulties, but the Lord does. Ask Christ for a hunger within yourself to want to move more; a hunger to have a body that yearns to exercise because the more you exercise, the better you feel. Don’t let your medical team only tell you the activities you should NOT do. Ask them which activities you SHOULD do.
Do you know my favorite part of the verse above? “I know that full well” – how incredible would it be for you to truly know “full well” that your body, with all its difficulties, is STILL fearfully and wonderfully made? What if you submitted to use your body the way it was intended and move?!
DeMillo Wagner, Gina. “Easier by the Day: 9 Ways Exercise Gets Less Difficult (and More Rewarding) As You Go.” Experiencelife.com. Lifetime Fitness, Jan. 2015. Web. 26 Mar. 2016. <https://experiencelife.com/article/easier-by-the-day-9-ways-exercise-gets-less-difficult-and-more-rewarding-as-you-go/ >.