“Have you been doing your exercises?” It was my Chiropractor after my last visit. I go to my Chiropractor every six weeks and he takes care of my neck issue and my lower back. The exercise is designed to keep my neck loosened up so I can turn it better. I could truthfully answer for the first time in awhile that I had been doing the exercises he prescribed. I mentioned that I felt like I was fighting a losing battle. He agreed with me that gravity was a tough foe to go against. When I walked away my neck was unlocked and my head could turn smoothly and freely! He had done his job but we both knew that in six weeks I would right back here with the same problem.
The problem behind the problem that I have stems from the job that I do. You see I sit in front of a computer all day and my neck is positioned out of line. Small doses of this would probably be fine but hour after hour in the same position takes it’s toll. The strange part of it is that my neck comes out of line so gradual that I usually don’t realize how locked up I am. The chiropractor knows just what tests to run me through to see how badly I have regressed. He either adjusts me on a standing table or he uses one where I lay down. The procedure is quick with a command of “deep breath in” and the sudden push in the targeted spot which causes the table to adjust too. There is always a loud pop when that happens. Usually it is just the table that pops but once on a while my body cracks too. Then it is off of the table and more tests to see if the problem is solved.
Remember in the old Wizard of Oz movie where Dorothy and her new friend The Scarecrow were skipping down the yellow brick road only to notice the tin man. He caught their attention because he was stiff like a statue. Then they heard his feint sound. Dorothy and the Scarecrow made out his sound to mean oil. Suddenly they found an oil can right next to him. Dorothy started squirted the oil on his mouth and suddenly he could talk. He was telling her where to apply more oil and before you knew it he was limber enough to skip down the yellow brick road with them!
It is ironic that the Tin Man thought he needed a heart. However the words to the song Tin Man by America are true “Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man that he didn’t already have.” His problem was that he got stiff and rusty and couldn’t act on what his heart was telling him. The same thing can happen to us. We can get hard toward the things of God and try to do things ourselves. Often times it is only when we find that we can’t do anything that we humbly put our trust in him. When we come to that realization we become thankful that he has softened our heart and given us a purpose for living. No longer are we trying to do everything by ourselves because like the Tin Man we need to be free. We realize that the spiritual oil God gives us is exactly what we need to be happy. We are free because the burden is now off of us. He said that he would take our burdens and carry them for us. Because of the spiritual freedom he gives we are thankful for the transformation in us that occurs!
One day Jesus as he was about to enter a village on his way to Jerusalem heard 10 men afflicted with Leprocy cry out to him. “Jesus, Have mercy on us”. Jesus told them to show themselves to the priest. As they started walking they were all healed. Jesus had in effect taken the spiritual healing oil and applied it with his words and their faith. Later one of the ten came back to Jesus and was so thankful. He praised him in a loud voice and threw himself at Jesus’ feet. Jesus asked the questions “Wasn’t there ten that were cleansed?” Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner? Then he said to him “rise and go, your faith has made you well.” When Jesus said well in this case he meant well both physically and spiritually. The other 9 got their physical healing but their hearts were still hard. This man was so thankful that he was sent away the second time with a clean heart too!
There are so many things that I want to do. Before I try to begin I need to ask myself is this something that God would want me to do? Being connected to him makes decisions far more easier. He often times puts the desire in our hearts. Without that driving desire our dreams by themselves fall by the wayside. There are so many people that make goals for the new year and after a month or two abandon them. Why do they fail so miserably? The answer is that their goals are not deeply rooted. Without deep roots when discouragement comes their dreams blow away much like a badly planted tree.
So how do we follow through on our goals. How do we find the successes that we desire? First of all we need to make sure that what we want is what God wants for us. If we feel in our spirit that it is we are at the point of beginning. Now we need to get God involved. He tells us that if we delight ourselves in the Lord he will give us the desires of our heart. Psalms 37:4. So what does it mean for us to delight ourselves in the Lord? It means to put him so high that everything else is distant. It means that he is first and there is not a close second.
We may find that God takes us in a completely different direction. If so we will be so much more fulfilled knowing that we are completely in his will. On the other hand it may be a freeing up thing much like the oil for the Tin Man. The Tin Man didn’t get his oil until he asked for it. The same went for the ten with Leprocy. One thing is for certain God is our friend. He wants the best for us. His best can be fulfilled when we give our hearts, soul, and mind to him. Then when he gives us a desire he loosens us with spiritual oil so that we are free to fulfill our mission. When my neck issue is straightened out it is only a matter of time before it freezes up again. It is only a temporary fix. God does not do temporary fixes. He uses his spiritual oil to take us to higher ground by giving us all of the desires he has placed in our hearts.