Today, I am linking up with The Gypsy Mama and hopping aboard the “Five Minute Friday” experience. She gives us a prompt. Then we write, fingers flowing, purely for the joy of writing. For five minutes. And five minutes only. No editing. No profound outlines and thought development.
Just write. So today, join me on my first Five Minute Friday… Todays prompt: ACHE.
It’s 6am. I pry my eyelids open and attempt to roll out of bed. I groan. My body aches. I knew I shouldn’t have worked out so hard yesterday!
I complain about my aches and pains following a decent day’s workout. However, I also say that the hurt is a good thing– because it means I accomplished something the day before. It might not have been graceful and it hurts like a dirty word right now, but in a couple of days, the ache wears off and my body is stronger, better off than where it started.
The same can be said for my relationship with Christ. There are many times that I feel an ache in my heart– from loneliness (like being separated from my husband per army duties) or uncertainty about the future or simply confusion about my path. But with that ache comes a hope that only the ultimate healer can fix…
For every ache of my heart (or body or mind) there is an exponentially greater joy that wells up within me. It draws me closer to the one who sustains. He is my ultimate trainer and coach. God pushes me to levels that I never thought I would be able to endure– but yet He carries me through it.
In the end, my ache equals strength. And that strength equals hope. And the that hope equals the joy of living in His presence, living each day to glorify Him with a smile that stems from the deepest point of my soul.
WHEW. That was fun. It was intense– I feel like my fingers and brain just ran a mile sprint. Does that mean I still have to do my cardio workout today?
Hurts so good,
“You’ve kept track of my every toss and turn through the sleepless nights, Each tear entered in your ledger, each ache written in your book.If my enemies run away, turn tail when I yell at them, Then I’ll know that God is on my side.” –Psalm 56:8-9 (MSG)