This summer i put together a study on the book of Ephesians and currently am working thru teaching it to some awesome ladies in Flower Mound, TX. Still not sure what i love more…writing or teaching. Either way, i’m thankful He’s willing to use my words. i thought it might be cool to share the introduction to some of the lessons i wrote. They are, essentially, lil blogs. And, well, since its been pretty quiet over here in this corner of the interwebs, i thought i’d get some of these thought posted.
I’d never even heard/thought about the term micromovements until a day in early March sitting in the orthopedic surgeon’s office with our son, Braeden. Ya see, five months earlier Braeden had a gnarly mountain bike injury that required a seven-inch titanium plate and 25ish titanium screws to be installed in his left arm to repair a spiral fracture of his humerus bone. He was on track with his physical therapy and was hoping for a good report at his six-month checkup. And then, one day when he was doing his arm extension exercises, he heard a “pop” and felt a new, unfamiliar, intense pain. The titanium plate holding his arm together had snapped in half.
Our doctor answered this question with our new most unfavorite word ever: micromovements. Apparently, these plates made of spectacular strength and durability are never meant to replace the bone; they are only acting as a brace to hold the bone steady as it heals. Plates serve as the rebar while the “concrete” (aka, the bone) sets. We learned quickly that his bone wasn’t healing/setting. The lack of a strong, reliable, immovable bone allowed the plate to be slowly worn down over five months of tiny, seemingly meaningless movements. Think of a straightened paperclip that u barely bend back/forth over and over. Micromovements eventually break it into pieces.
As I read our passages this week, I immediately thought of all the micromovements in my life that turn into weakness and eventually, brokenness. I allow/rationalize/negotiate tiny, seemingly meaningless decisions every day that take me farther away from what God wants for me. He wants me to draw nearer; I let situations, people, comfort, convenience, and compromise take me just a tiny bit away from Him. Every micromovement weakens me; I will eventually break.
Paul challenges us today to remember where our strength comes from. The micromovements of life threaten and taunt us; the difference is found in two words that begin Ephesians 2:4:
Every decision matters. None are tiny. None are meaningless. Am I weakening the rebar, or am I strengthening the concrete?
Questions to consider this week
What are some micromovements that seem tiny and meaningless in your day-to-day life that might draw you away from what God wants for you?
Can you think of some practical ways to remind yourself of how to strengthen your “concrete” when you feel like your “rebar” might be weakening?
If ur interested in study along with us, let me know. i can help u get ur hands on a workbook. OR, if u wanna just listen in to my lectures, u can go to www.rpcwomen.podbean.com and listen up.