Day 2: Pose Off
My physique division was separated into two groups: Group A was under 5’4” and group B was over 5’4”. Since I am 5’7”, I was in Group B. I was excited to win first place in my group, but I had no idea about the events that would ensue because of that win. When I walked off stage relieved that my time in the spotlight was over, I had to set down my trophy and walk right back onto stage again. I didn’t know what I was supposed to do when I got out there. Then the winner of Group A joined me, and we stood in front of hundreds of people including several intent looking judges. Suddenly, the announcer explained to the audience that we would be doing a pose off. I had never done a pose off before, but when the music started, I had no choice but to get moving.
Luckily, I had practiced my poses over and over again that they came naturally to me. Plus, I decided to throw a few poses in there that I hadn’t practiced but had seen done to fill up more time. I felt so nervous, but my family and friends said that I looked confident and calm while performing. My brain was in such a state of stage fright that I relied on body memory for the 60-second pose off. If I hadn’t performed those poses for months before the competition, I’m sure my mind would have gone blank and I would have run off stage!
Jesus told His disciples to never worry about what they would say before others because the Holy Spirit would give them the right words. This doesn’t necessarily mean that God will miraculously put His Words into our hearts; rather, it means that the Holy Spirit will pull from the treasure trove of words that we have stored up from our daily reading and prayer. God will arrange the words in perfect order to influence the audience that confronts us. During my pose off, I would have never been able to do the poses if I hadn’t stored them in my mind. That same goes for our words. In order to be used as witnesses for God, we need to store His words in our heart everyday by listening to His Voice and reading His Word, the Bible. God will then access those words and choose the right ones for us to say at just the right time to have the best effect on those who are listening.
“When they drag you into their meeting places, or into police courts and before judges, don’t worry about defending yourselves—what you’ll say or how you’ll say it. The right words will be there. The Holy Spirit will give you the right words when the time comes” (Luke 12:11-12 MSG).
God, help me to store up Your words in my heart everyday because I know that “…For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of” (Luke 6.45). I don’t want my mind to go blank when people ask me relevant questions about You. Plus, I want to have a solid foundation of Your Word that even if I’m asked a question for which I don’t have an answer, I can at least give an honest examination of it. I want my heart to be so filled with Your Voice and the Bible that even when I’m nervous, the Holy Spirit can take over and draw from Your wisdom that I’ve gathered over the years. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.
- How often do you gather God’s Words from the Bible and from the voice of the Holy Spirit?
- Have you ever experienced a time when the Holy Spirit spoke through you?
- Has God ever given you the right words just before you needed them?
Store up God’s Words!