I will often pray while I exercise. The two really go together for me so naturally.
In one case, I am pursuing spiritual goals. In the other case, my goals are physical.
But prayer and exercise, similarly, both take faith and action, then more action and more faith...
So naturally, while lunging with kettlebells, I was talking to God about my dreams today.
I want to accomplish so many true, beautiful, and good things with my life.
All these things are the things God Himself has called me to do, so in faith, I take action, and I expect to be able to do them.
But time keeps passing.
"We have to hurry." I told God. "There isn't much time!"
I felt very mortal there for a moment. One tends to feel their mortality when they are exercising with kettlebells.
At my remark, I heard the Spirit of God offer a sharp rebuke to my spirit,
"We have eternity," God said.
The words totally wrecked the way I was thinking at that moment.
I could almost see my error as a castle in my mind being torn down.
But then, before the same words had even finished entering my mind, and devastating my thinking, they had also, almost at once, filled me with the most complete courage for all the work that God has called me to do.
God can do that. He can tear me down and build me up almost at the exact same time.
His work in my spirit is similar to what weight-lifting does for my body.
Lunges with kettlebells in hands really tear up my legs. But even as they tear, the muscles just come back stronger, more perfect.
God's Spirit works just like that in my soul.
The words, "We have eternity," served to rebuke and encourage me all at once.
I may get it all done before I die. Or I may not.
It doesn't really matter.
I have forever with God to enjoy perfecting the works He has given me to do.
My life is, was, and will be, simply,
the forever with God that has already started for me.