Today I am joining Lisa-Jo and others for the 5 Minute Friday where we are given a word prompt and write for just 5 minutes simply for the joy of writing. No editing or backtracking necessary. No need to be perfect. Just words freely flowing from my heart to yours.
TODAY’S PROMPT: STRETCH
When my feet hit the floor each morning, one of the first things I like to do is stretch. There is something about expanding my muscles that allows me to feel prepared to begin each day. When I stretch, my aches and pains seem to disappear. I stand, feet firmly planted on the ground. Lifting my arms up to the heavens, I inhale deeply, and midway through the stretch, I exhale loudly as my voice responds to the stretch.
God has a way of stretching me. Like a rubber band, I feel stretched at times. He calls me to exercise muscles that I’ve never used before. At first, I shrink back, comfortable to be left in the place where I’ve already been. But He continues to call me up, and out, and forward. “I want to stretch you beyond your abilities. I want you to reach farther, to touch heaven.”
Although the stretch is often painful, He promises that I will never be broken, never be torn beyond repair. The stretch enlarges my heart and opens me wide to receive all that He has prepared for me.
Stretch me Lord! I am willing.
Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. (Isaiah 54:2 NIV)