With Open Arms

Body posture is super important; it can be welcoming or make people want to stand back. and I have never liked machines, but I have to tell you, I love this one. Mainly because it was a gift from my kids. They listened to me when I made comments about it. Before it was mine. and this Christmas they gave me the funds as a gift to “just do it.”

It’s arms invite me to step on and go for a walk, or a run, always allowing me to choose the pace and the incline. And I think about God. How “He walks with me and talks with me and tells me I am His own.” He welcomes me with open arms, He sets the pace and the incline and it is always the perfect one for me.

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

Romans 8:1

My favorite verse, from my favorite chapter in the Bible. The one that set me free when I believed it. I quit trying to be good enough to get God to look away from my sin and accepted the fact that I was not under the penalty of it, because Jesus paid for it all. All I have to do is walk in that truth.

“But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

1 John 1:7

So as I walk literally, in the open arms of this machine, exercising my physical body, I am reminded that my spiritual journey with Jesus, in His open arms of love and grace, exercises my faith. And I am grateful for the gift that He uses for my good and His glory.

“Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”

Hebrews 13:20-21

As I am working out, He is working in. And that, dear friends, is where it really matters. To Him be the glory.

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