Last Thursday we dealt with a case study that included possession and control. When thinking of memories where we encountered a conflict between possession and control or someone that invaded our space without warning, a lot of us had a feeling of anger reproduced in us. It was as if we were reliving the conflict! There are certain things that are ours and other things that are not under our control. And I wonder, can God be both possessive and controlling? Hmm…such terms make me think of God’s sovereignty in which all things belong to God and even this world and the universe are under his supervision. Should I have placed my trust in God’s sovereignty when I was feeling angry on Thursday? I did tell God that I forgave the man that bumped into me without saying sorry two weeks ago. I even let that trespass into God’s hands and said to myself that, “Vengeance belongs to the Lord”.
Following the study we had a lesson on grants taught by Frances of COco (Looks like a title of a saint? Oh…that’s Francis of Assisi.). We learned about different ways of getting money for an organization and also remembering the importance of believing in the project or organization that you desire to be funded by grant money. Such a lesson on grants is beneficial for us interns if we plan to be funded for future projects. And another useful advice taken from this lesson is to develop a thick skin. If one does not get a grant that person should not give up, but should even call up and find out why he or she was not given the grant.
Later on until the end of the day, we did experiential exercises led by a United priest and an instructor in bio-energetic exercises named Neil. The point of the exercises was not to succeed in getting stronger muscles or having a great body afterwards, but rather to experience release or relaxation of the body. One exercise that made us all feel happy, relieved and had us laughing is when we were told to stand hands, feet and shoulder’s width apart then outstretch our arms and make two fists. Next we were to pull our shoulders back and yell, “Get off my back!” I tell you the truth the burden of anger that most of us felt that day went away (well at least for me). I felt so good that I praised the Lord and went to hug the instructor.
It can be believed that God used Neil to teach us some useful physical exercises that would honor God with our bodies. God did give us these bodies, which are called “temples” metaphorically in the Scriptures. To hold a grudge against someone else is not healthy for the soul nor the body. And as a child of God, I do not think I will be respecting God if I were spiritually and physically abusing this body he has given me. So with that in mind, I thank God the Holy Spirit who guided Paul to write these words to the Corinthians, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV).
It is truly comforting to place one’s trust in the sovereign God.