Attending 

“Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.  But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”  Genesis 3:8-9 (NIV)

God’s first plan was to have fellowship with those He created.  From the start, God has desired to do life with those He created in His own image.

But sin interrupted that intimacy.  And many things continue to interrupt our intimacy with God.  At times, we often find ourselves hiding from God, ashamed or afraid, like Adam and Eve.  Other times, we find ourselves too busy to stay connected to God, as there are so many other things pressing for our attention.  And sometimes, we simply have to admit that we haven’t really learned how to stay connected to God in the midst of everyday life activities.  We haven’t disciplined ourselves well enough to be present with God while we do other things.

There’s an old book called Practicing the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence.  It’s a short little book that beautifully describes the need to practice God’s presence as we go about our day.  (I’d highly recommend it if you haven’t already read it.  It’s powerful … & short!).  Just like we need to practice different skills and exercises and moves, we also need to practice living amongst the presence of God.  We need to practice being constantly aware of and in tune with His presence.

Working out has become  one of those times for me.  It is a time when I practice staying my inner mind on Him while my body and superficial thoughts are focused on my work out.  It’s a time when I practice attending to God while I am also attending to other things.  When I work with clients, my intent is for them to attend and for me to help them attend — both to God and to their workout.

It takes practice to get good at anything.  It takes practice to attend to God.  It takes practice to attend to God while also attending to other things.  Seize the opportunities presented in working out to practice attending to God and your workout.  May it strengthen both your body and your soul.