The pressure to stand.
The willpower to prove yourself.
The expectations to overcome.
The assumptions that you know what to do.
The defenses you hide behind.
The fear you silently live with.
Can be rendered powerless, in the powerless position –
Of bowing down.
Take that strained forehead, and lay it on the floor.
Take those clenched fists, and open them up again.
Take that weary soul, and bend it in half on purpose.
Let yourself break.
In holy surrender.
What are you afraid will happen if you humble yourself? Admit your weaknesses, vulnerabilities, and blind spots? The King of Kings is happy to rule and reign in your life again, the moment you give up control.
Now, take that internal gaze that has been so self-transfixed, the eyes of your heart that are in a hamster wheel of self-concern, and peel them away from yourself. Aha! There He is! Your Maker. Standing tall. He is much bigger than you, entirely unconcerned, and happy that you at last had the wisdom to see past yourself.
Welcome to freedom.
As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a female slave look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God, till he shows us his mercy. Psalm 123:2
p.s. Grab a pen: Where and when can you physically bow down this week? Prayer from that posture will yield entirely different results, as your posture speaks louder than words.
Katie Luse is a speaker and writer who is passionate about navigating life with eyes on a hunt for beauty.