THE LAW OF FLEXIBILIY
Little men with little minds and little imaginations go through life in little ruts, smugly resisting all changes which would jar their little worlds. – Zig Ziglar
“Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live.” Ruth 1:16
One fitness author wrote about the 12 Deadly Workout Sins. Let me share with you Sin #5:
Sin #5: Skipping The Stretch
As we get older our muscles lose some of their elasticity, and as a result we lose flexibility. “That can cause postural problems and cause us to be more prone to straining a muscle,” says Cedric Bryant, Ph.D., chief exercise physiologist for the American Council on Exercise. Stretching twice during your workout is optimal. By stretching after your warm-up you can prepare your muscles for exercise. And by stretching following your workout, while the muscles are warm, you’ll improve your flexibility.
I believe that most of us don’t need further scientific explanation on the importance of flexibility in a physical sense. Because we all know what it’s like to be not flexible! It’s hard to move. Hard to reach an object. Hard to bend. Hard to do our daily tasks. Hard to operate physically efficiently. Not only that. It’s easy to get injured. Easy to get hurt. Easy to fall off-balance.
In a spiritual sense, there’s an awful, painful reality. As we get older in life, many of us find ourselves having a hard time being flexible – that is, being able to embrace change. To welcome change. Don’t get wrong. Not all us choose to become inflexible. But many are becoming.
When we’re inflexible, it’s hard to obey God. Because God is the author of change. Since the time of Genesis, Exodus, and up to this time, God moves in different ways. God uses different people, different things, different places in different generations.
One of the biblical examples of people who became inflexible were the ten spies of Moses. They chose to remain in the same place – in Egypt. They didn’t want to stretch themselves to leave their comfort zones and fight another battle, to conquer another territory. They chose the status quo. They chose the easy way. They chose the comfortable. The result is, they never reached their God’s-best destiny. They just received what’s ‘good’ for them, not what’s ‘best’ for them. As we all know the saying, “Good is the enemy of the best.” That’s why, no one remembers their names. Do you? If you do, would you want to use their names if you’re going to have children?
The good news is, there are a lot of flexible people in the Bible. They were willing to stretch themselves for God and their calling. Here are some:
The flexibility of Joshua and Caleb to leave Egypt and stretch themselves once again to cross rivers and fight big people once again.
The flexibility of Abraham to leave his country, stretched himself to go to a land God still has to show him.
The flexibility of Moses of to face the most powerful man during that time and stretch himself to free millions of hard-headed Jewish slaves.
The flexibility of Paul caused him to stretch in contentment between little or plenty; full stomach or empty.
Somehow, these people also said, “Lord, wherever you go I will go. Where you live I will live.”
The most flexible of all is our Lord Jesus Christ. He stretched himself all through
out His life just to obey His Father. On His very last day, He even stretched his arms on the cross for you. His life was a life of flexibility and stretching in obeying His Father.
The passage Ruth 1:16 talks about Ruth’s loyalty to Naomi. It also shows Ruth’s willingness to be flexible and be stretched according to Naomi’s demands.
Are you willing to be flexible unto God’s leading in your life?
Are you willing to be stretched by God to take you wherever He might want to?
Are you flexible enough and willing to be stretched enough to also say, “Lord, where You go, I will go. Wherever you live, I will live?”
If you want to receive God’s best, don’t miss out the law of flexibility.