‘Twas the night before my Holy Spirit dunkin’ and all through the house not a creature was stirring….but the wind sure was! Throughout this Colorado blue sky day the wind was moving in all different directions. I noticed downed limbs of trees, folks battling with bad hair, car doors nearly coming unhinged and political signs for the upcoming mid-term elections getting shredded.
It occurred to me that when it comes to the heart, the stirring of the Holy Spirit can have similar affects. It comes on in strong, swirling, unexplainable gusts, just as today’s wind, begging me to lean into it.
I was sitting in church service just a few months ago, celebrating the fellow souls sitting in pews who had decided to take their adult plunge, and felt the tug. As Holy Spirit elevated my heartbeat, I knew He was indicating that it was my turn. I nudged my friend next to me and said, “I’m going to do this next time”. And here we are on the eve of my adult baptism.
I was born into a Catholic family and I’m so grateful that my mom and dad instructed the priest to put some baptismal water on my forehead as an infant. I believe that this non-autonomous ritual was one of the agents for growing me into the Jesus freak that I am today. Good enough, right? Trying to explain my decision to get a full submersion to confused family members proves a bit challenging. One and done is what they would confirm as all that’s necessary. Perhaps? Only God really knows the heart. No judgement if the drips of water on your face is all you need.
Thanks to Christian yoga I feel I want more! Doing this unique exercise has stretched me spiritually, physically and mentally. The journey of mindful moving meditation on a rubber mat rolled out on the floor has proved to increase my belief in God and what he calls me to. I've increased in my ability to hear his voice more clearly. In any given Frogpose Beginner Yoga Flow class there’s opportunity for each student to convene with Father, Son and Holy Spirit personally. It’s in these quiet moments of challenging physical poses, prayer and visual focus on Bible verses, that I believe we can hear His small powerful voice. It’s the practice of yoga, where I'm remaining silent that I am called to grow more into the likeness of Christ. I believe that regular Christian yoga has helped me to flow with how God's winds of change are blowing.
I’ve sat through, witnessed and read announcements of upcoming baptisms at my various churches for 54 years. For such a time is this, here goes! Diveboarding off the sprinkles on my forehead as a little one, I made the decision to get baptized as a personal choice; an outward expression of my commitment to Christ. 3-2-1-plug my nose and dunk!
If you are in a church service and feel that tug, let go of the rituals and take the plunge. Allow the Holy Spirit to blow you in his direction and see what the underwater experience does for your faith. This could be your time too!This Week: Join us for two opportunities to participate in a gentle flow of breath, moving meditation and a focus on God's word. Come to one or both!
1. Wednesday at noon - In person: 8330 W 80th Arvada Thank you Flatirons Dance and Revive The Bridge! for helping us find a new home. or online at Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/
2. Thursday at 7pm: Red Rocks Church Arvada. Click here for details.