Day 6: Crooked
I didn’t realize that my body was slightly crooked until I started lifting heavy. My hip and thoracic spine are both a little tilted to one side, and all my life I compensated. When I began squatting heavier weight, I leaned to one side, causing one quadriceps to grow slightly larger than the other. Also, both my shoulders are tight, and the range of motion—especially in my left arm—is limited. The imbalance in my body became increasing apparent, so I finally went to the chiropractor. He explained that everyone has a slight tilt to his or her body, but it goes unnoticed unless the body is put under great pressure. Lifting heavy weights allowed the unevenness in my body to finally present itself.
Once I became aware of my body’s limitation, I was able to work with it better because I knew what to look for. During my squats, I focused on using both legs equally to lift the weight. I also began stretching my shoulders, so I could open them up and equalize their range of motion. Although my body will always be a little crooked, I am better prepared to modify my workouts to better cope with the imbalance. Hopefully, if I keep working on maintaining great form, I may be able to almost eliminate any sign of my crooked hip and spine.
The same goes for life. We may not know that we have imbalance in our life until we are put under great amounts of pressure. The weight of circumstances does an excellent job at revealing any unevenness in our beliefs, thoughts, actions and faith that we may have accepted as normal. Many times, God uses the pressures of the world to strengthen us and create more balance in our lives, but we have to be aware that the problem exists. When we finally see the problem areas, we can set our focus on making modifications to improve and even eliminate any crookedness within our mind, heart, words, actions, relationships, etc.
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing” (James 1.2-4 NLT).
God, I know that the pressures of this world reveal the areas of my life that are not totally dependent on You. I thank You because I know these pressures are growing my faith and creating more balance in my Christian walk. Help me to see those crooked areas that need to be modified and refined. Also, help me not to become anxious or nervous when those weak spots of my life are revealed. I know it may take time, but You are strengthening me little by little. Teach me to rely on You. I can’t carry this weight alone. I ask for Your strength and endurance to flood my life. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.
- What recent pressures have exposed some imbalance in your life?
- How can you compensate to work with that revealed weakness?
- Has God ever intervened when you knew you couldn’t take the pressure of life anymore?
God will get you through it!