16 June 2020
A Moment to Reflect -43
If you say to a toddler “Don’t do that!” you can be pretty sure that ‘that’ is exactly what they want to do and probably will do at the first opportunity.
Of course, it’s not just toddlers… tell any of us that something is banned or restricted and desire for it suddenly grows. [Look at all these people rushing rushing to squeeze into potentially unhealthy queues to get into the newly re-opened shops in England today!]
At the start of the lockdown period, as soon as people were officially restricted to just one period of exercise a day outside of the home, a lot of people suddenly seemed to rediscover what their legs were for. Our very quiet street became like a seaside promenade populated by dozens of people reviving the art of ‘going for a walk.’
I guess sometimes you do just need a bit of a push to get you started.
All of which reminds me of something else Rachel Held Evans once wrote: “Scripture doesn’t speak of people who found God. Scripture speaks of people who walked with God.” ― Rachel Held Evans, Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving and Finding the Church.
I am sure all those who did start taking regular exercise and have kept it up are feeling the benefit of it. And maybe that’s true also of ‘walking with God.’
What would get you back to taking regular ‘spiritual exercise’?