Friday, December 12, 2008

Weak at the Knees

We must be careful what we bow our knees to. We must condition our "spiritual knees" to be strong enough to resist the temptations that come along with ministry. Movement artists are often plagued by struggles with food, fidelity, finances, faithfulness, and the like. When we allow anything to overtake us beyond our power to control it, we end up bowing our knees to serve creation more than the Creator. Only the Lord can give us the power to resist bowing down to ungodly things. Our choices will determine if we are submitted to Him more than the cares of this world.

When we incorporate choreography into our movement pieces, we should not take the act of bowing lightly. Beyond the physical challenges kneeling can bring to those who have difficulty getting up and down with ease, the motion of kneeling on hard surfaces can cause bruising and discomfort. In order to promote physical well-being, we must know how to execute this properly. Incorporating this into choreography should also take into consideration the garments that we are wearing so as not to be obscene.

It can be a life-changing experience to bow in humble adoration in the company of others. It is in these moments that self-awareness must cease, and the honor of God becomes the ultimate goal. Gaining an understanding of the various movements that we employ when we dance will make us stronger and overwhelmingly effective doers of the Word. Bowing and kneeling in worship or sorrow should be done with understanding. We should absolutely know for which cause we are willing to bow our knees.

Job 4:4 (NKJV)
Your words have upheld him who was stumbling, and you have strengthened the feeble knees

Isaiah 35:3 (NKJV)
Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.

Daniel 10:10-11 (NKJV)
Suddenly, a hand touched me, which made me tremble on my knees and on the palms of my hands. And he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you.” While he was speaking this word to me, I stood trembling.

Hebrews 12:11-13 (NKJV)
Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.

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