“Now plie and hold, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8!”
“And, now pulse, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8!”
“And, again, plie 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8!”
“And, now pulse, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8!”
Finally, my Barre instructor called out “And, down, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8!”
All at once, I released my death grip from the ballet bar and went into full rest mode!
Sweaty, with my hip sockets searing in pain and my shoulders stuck in place I wondered how in the world I had been influenced to attend such a difficult exercise class.
Yes, like so many Americans at the start of this New Year, I have committed to increase my exercise. However, I didn’t foresee that my current level of fitness would falter under a new set of circumstances. Honestly, this “Total Body Barre” class kicked my butt!
So much that the next day, I opted out of group exercise and decided to simply take a walk.
Physically, I was working, walking at a brisk pace trying my best to burn calories.
However, it was my mental work that would matter the most.
For quite awhile, I have used long walks to have great conversations with God, and this day was no different. As my feet pounded the pavement, I prayed for others and I prayed for myself.
Two miles into my walk as my muscles started to cry out because of the previous day’s challenge, I noticed my attitude changing from holy to hurting.
As a result of my achiness, I shot off a snippy question to my Savior, “God, if you are in everything and about everything, I sure would like to know what you have to say about that Total Body Barre class that kicked my butt!”
I chuckled and reigned in my testy temper, “Elizabeth, you are such a goofball, God doesn’t have an opinion or time for that!”
Totally aware we can approach God with any situation, but as ridiculous as my questions was I certainly didn’t expect an answer.
However, a few steps later, The Holy Spirit, the gift that God gives us so that our hearts and minds know Jesus Christ laced its teachings with my thoughts.
“Elizabeth, there are lots of truths that can shine through that exercise class, ” the Holy Spirit stirred inside of me.
“Really?” I silently replied.
“Yes, think about this!” the Spirit insisted.
… when you are holding the plie, I want you to realize there is strength in staying still!
… when you feel unbalanced, you can reach out and take hold of the rod for stability!
… remember concentrating on your “core”, the “center of who you are” is the most crucial. After that is strengthened , the other parts will fall into place.
… remember keeping the pain in perspective is important, trusting the burn will be followed by blessings.
The longer I walked, the more I learned! The wider my stride, the more I was reminded.
There were other motions, the Spirit mentioned.
But, none of them where more wonderful than the revelation concerning the warm down!
Heading back home, I thought about our final pose, first position, elbows up, arms out and then we ended with a sweeping bow. The movement was beautiful and for a nano-second I felt like an authentic ballerina.With one elegant move my body was relieved.
And, that is when the Spirit remind me, “Elizabeth, it is all about grace, My grace. In all things, I AM the good. I AM God and my grace will get you to, through and lead you to triumph over everything!
Once again, similar to the conclusion of that grueling Barre class, I ended my exercise with an ah-ha moment. However, this time is was my spirit that was refreshed as opposed to my body being rejuvenated.
Guys, God is the good, His grace covers us in all things and because of His gracefulness towards us we can know victory and triumph over anything!
And, he can and will show up in the strangest places and spaces to teach us.
Honestly, who knew I could be so enlightened through isometrics!
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