The zombies are on the way and the hero of the movie tells the family, “People who keep moving live.”
Movement is life. Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about movement in the aspect of staying flexible. When I got blocked from certain capabilities on Facebook, the first thing that popped into my head (after a brief dance with disappointment) was: “God will make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert” (Isaiah 43:19).
I wasn’t going to give up on reaching people with my writing, but I knew I had to be pliable and malleable to the Holy Spirit, ready to go in a divergent direction if necessary.
When we know what we’re doing is God’s will, nothing can stop us, but we may have to be a little flexible in the execution. We can’t be making all kinds of rules about how we do everything. Putting stiff unbreakable rules on ourselves can lead to rigidity and even ridiculous hard heartedness. That’s what happened to the Pharisees. They knew it was God’s will to heal people but they also knew that they weren’t supposed to do any work on the Sabbath. They became overbearingly inflexible about not working on the Sabbath, to the point that when Jesus went to heal a man on the Sabbath, they wanted to kill him.
Now I know none of us would be as crazy as the Pharisees, but at times we’ve sacrificed the bigger good in order to satisfy our own smaller rules.
I realized my bigger goal of reaching people with what God has me write was more important than how I went about it. When I was blocked, I became malleable like a flowing river and the Holy Spirit sent me flying around different bends that opened up all kinds of new exciting tributaries.
Don’t lose sight of the bigger picture. When obstacles come up against the traditions you’ve set up, let the Holy Spirit take you around some new bends in the stream. It may be more thrilling and more satisfying than you ever imagined.
Don’t get stuck in rigid rules. If you get brittle, you’ll break. Be willing to go in a slightly different direction as the Holy Spirit opens new ways. The zombies will never be able to get you if you just keep moving.
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