Motion is part of life. It is part of how we function. We were created to engage in motion. It is simply impossible for us to remain stagnant physically because our body was created in such a way that it has needs–food, water, sustenance– that we must take care of. Even the most disciplined martial artists in their meditation and training have to break their physical engagement in order to attend to mundane tasks. That being said, we are built for motion. Whether linear, circular, zig zag, we take paths in life that indicate some sort of motion, even backwards at times. Recently, at Journey Church in Jax/Orange Park area, we have been studying doctrine, and during this past weeks series, Pastor Jaffe brought up a familiar, but true point; we are all depraved without Jesus. As I sat there I realized, and played the reel of my life, and remember now, even to yesterday, in ways that I have failed the Lord, ways that regardless of how much “good” I’ve done, would be shameful to His name. This reminds me of the purpose of why we were created, before the fall, we were created to be in motion with God, to be in communion with Him. Our lives and spirits were created to stay on His pace, the only directional option being forward, but when sin came, we took a one directional train, and made it go backwards. In the art of wing chun, my sifu always says, it is nearly impossible for someone for someone to knock you out while they are running backwards, the force, momentum, added to the antagonistic force of some muscles in your arm, reduce the force of impact because you have two opposing things occurring. The same is with our Spiritual walk. I say this for me in an earnest heart and reality that I, also, struggle with trying to go forward while my flesh is running backwards. God gave us eyes on the front of our head for a reason, for us to look forward. His desire is that we would stay in rhythm with Him, that our heart would take the rhythm of His heart, and that we would move forward in Him. The truth is we have made our spiritual motion an elusive concept, believing that the law of entropy does not apply to our spiritual walk. The truth is, even things that are left untouched, gather dust over time and deteriorate. Change is imminent, motion is an imminent reality, but God’s grace is sufficient, and if we choose to earnestly seek Him, with a heart of repentance, humility, and a desire to advance His kingdom, His strength will overshadow our weakness, and He will move forward with us, because as we were meant to be in motion, we were not meant to be in motion alone, but He is immanuel, God with us, and like the boy in the picture below, sometimes, when we let go of the handlebars, and try to ride with no hands, the only way we will be able to stay on track, is if he takes over, and we stay in motion with Him. God, may you cleanse the thoughts of my heart, by the inspiration of Your Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify Your Holy Name, through Christ Your Son, my Lord. Forgive me Father, for choosing to go backwards so many times, may You guide me with your strong Hand, and lead me in the path of righteousness. I love You and I thank You, help me to make you known, help me to make you proud. Amen.
“13 Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead,14 I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus. 15 Therefore, all who are mature should think this way. And if you think differently about anything, God will reveal this also to you. 16 In any case, we should live up to whatever [truth] we have attained.”