When I was in junior high, my dad explained to me how the human walks or rather the Kinesiology behind the mechanics of how we walk. He said that technically we, in taking a step, throw ourselves off-balance and then catch ourselves, over and over. I remember laying in bed and thinking about how cool that was. Then I thought about running. That blew my mind. 🙂
Once, I was running in a field being chased by an African black-maned lion. (seriously) He came up behind me and swiped his paw at my right ankle in the midst of my stride. My right foot came forward behind my left ankle and down I went. The Lion used my momentum to continue my spin so I would land on my back. He stood on my chest and bit (gently) and licked my face. He was a young tame lion that belonged to a friend of mine. But I recall while laying there thinking about how fragile we are while in stride.
All that to say, we can stand still, even in a karate fudo-dachi stance. Sure you are low and solid not easily knocked over, but you aren’t going anywhere either.
Think about the famous scene where Indiana Jones takes that step of faith. He holds his foot out over the ravine, shifts his weight no longer balanced or in control, and his right foot comes down on that invisible bridge. I always thought it was so cool he was willing to take such a step of faith. Of course, his dad was dying, so the stakes were high. To get anywhere we must move, and moving makes us vulnerable.
The song Jesus Loves Me has been playing in my head for a few days. The part where it sings, “When I am weak he is strong.” stands out for me. I think I have been attempting “weak” so that God would make me strong. Somehow I had it in my head that I needed to be weak, for a moment, so that God could make ME strong later on, not that I should stay weak so that He can stay strong in me. If you think of weak and vulnerable as the same thing, then God doesn’t get you to walk so you can stand still and strong he teaches you to walk so you can run. What Faith we must have to run, but what amazing things we can do.