During Lent, I'm going to be answering WIGIAT? Where Is God In All This? So, here goes 40 days worth of telling you where God has shown up in my life.
There's a part of me, that hates the whole thing. Exercising for the sake of exercising, moving on machines created for the sake of moving, and picking up heavy things that were made to be picked up. It all seems very unnatural for me.
Yet, it's the most natural thing we can do. Moving. Our bodies, were not made to be stagnant, they were made to move and adapt and keep doing stuff. In today's world, we have made many aspects of life very convenient on our bodies, but this doesn't mean easy. The opposite is true, generally, the easier we take it on our bodies, the harder it is on them. The harder it is for our bodies to actually do what they were made to do, and that is move.
Often, we view grace as a gift that means we don't have to do anything. The reality is that the gift is in doing something. Our bodies are a gift to us, but they were given to us, as is the whole of our lives, so that we can use them, to explore and discover and to enjoy the people and creation that God has given us. This cannot be done by "doing nothing." You can't do nothing, as Andy Dufresne (played by Tim Robbins) said in the Shawshank Redemption, "You can get busy living, or get busy dying."
God is in our ability to grow and live no matter our circumstance, but because of our attitude. Do we get busy living the life that is always still ours, or do we get busy waiting for it to be over.