FOR THIS CAUSE I ACHE
Being of Fulani descent, I have long slim limbs and so have always taken my hitherto long lean frame for granted. Child bearing and the countless nocturnal meals coupled with a lack of (adequate) exercise have taken their toll on my body.
Oh yes, the long limbs are still there (although slim would not be the right adjective to describe them right now) but they have an unwanted baggage in the form of my bulging midriff. I have had to dress in 2 sizes – one size for my upper body and another for my lower body.
I finally decided to do something about it and signed up at a fitness centre close to my residence. Oh how I ache. I ache in places I never knew existed on my body. I will stay the course though, for the sheer pleasure of being able to fit into the clothes I like. For this cause I ache. I ache because I have to pay for a decadent lifestyle. I ache because I refused to listen to reason and chose to be wanton about my appetite.
Funny, this same scenario plays out in our personal walk with God. We do tend to take things for granted, don’t we? “Jesus loves me this I know therefore I do not need to work on my relationship with Him”. How much further from the truth can that be. We have to work on our relationship with God. We need to organize and stick to a healthy spiritual diet of the Word and fellowship with the Spirit. We have to maintain an exercise regime of fasting and praying as we do the will (and work) of God. This way no unwanted baggage (sin) will creep in on us and we will stay fit being “constant in and out of season”.
In the meantime, I pack my gym bag and head out to the fitness centre knowing that in time I will have the sort of physical body for which cause I ache.