As with most things in life, there is a “best” posture. A posture for divers. A posture for runners. A poster for walkers. Mine is surely not “the best.” It’s kinda “slumpy” at times, especially in the third mile.
But I’ve noticed something interesting about myself and my walking; it happened just this morning, but I realized this was not the first time. I even came to realize that it is something that happens with a degree of automaticity.
Let me try to paint a picture.
I was in my third mile. It was hot; it’s always hot in July in North Carolina. And it was humid; it’s always humid in July in North Carolina. My clothes were beginning to droop as was my hair, my brow, my spirits and, yes, my posture. Heading home there is a slight hill. In my car I barely notice it; walking, it’s Mount Everest! I was really thinking that I might not make it, and then it happened.
Someone drove past me.
I immediately straightened my back, picked up my pace and unfurled my brow. It’s as if I suddenly forgot how tired I was, how sweaty I was, how desperate I was to reach the shower and my air conditioned home. I instantly had a walker’s posture!
Isn’t that how we are at times – changing our posture, changing our “walk” when others are around to see? Here’s a news flash: “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes…” (Hebrews 4:13a NLT) Add to this that “[p]eople judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7 NLT).
As Christians and believers, ours is to ALWAYS be a posture that reflects our LORD, not just when others pass us by. Joy Williams asked in her song by the same title, “Do they see Jesus in me?” That’s the “best” posture in our daily walk, one that reflects Jesus to others – His love, His mercy and His grace. He alone is “the one to whom we are accountable.” (Hebrews 4:13b NLT)