Do you remember the silly song called Dry Bones? Three lines of this tune went like this.
The foot bone connected to the leg bone,
The leg bone connected to the knee bone,
The knee bone connected to the thigh bone.
(http://www.kididdles.com/lyrics/d009.html Written By: Unknown, Copyright Unknown)
I have watched people filled with utter joy falling on their knees. They have reached the finish line, won a contest, or heard good news. Genetics have not given me healthy knees. I am toast if I kneel to play with my grandchildren or kneel to pray because my legs fall asleep due to poor circulation. However, I am thankful to use those joints to walk, wog (a slow type of jog!) and swim.
The most important use of our knees is in worshiping and communicating with God. Doesn’t life keep us on our ‘knees’? Because I can’t kneel on my knees, I can still have the mindset of kneeling. Maybe you are struggling with ex-spouse issues, you have wayward children, or financial strains keep you up at night. You kneel down to hug your child or wipe a tear from their face. You may find yourself kneeling beside the bed of a sick loved one. Those knees may be calloused from praying about your loneliness. You kneel daily talking to God about an illness, or wisdom about a new job position, a move, a vehicle, or a relationship. You may be rejoicing for answered prayer and are thankful for a new day and a new start. All from a posture of kneeling. We sure see the importance of our knees.
We can read how others used their knees.
- The wise men knew the importance of worshipping Jesus, ‘And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him’. Matthew 2:11
- King David encouraged people to seek God. He said, ‘Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!’ Psalm 95:6
- The Apostle Paul said, ‘I kneel in prayer to the Father’. Because of that he knew the results which were to, ‘stand firm and be deeply rooted in his love’. Ephesians 3: 14,17
- Mary understood Jesus’ healing power. ‘How when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet saying to him, Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’ John 11:32. (It was a happy ending!)
- Isaiah tells us to be ready. One day, God will return to make a new heaven and a new earth for those that love and live in obedience to Him. God said, ‘To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear allegiance’. Isaiah 45:23
Are you investing in keeping your knees healthy to help you walk in this life journey? If you are not able to kneel on your knees like me, you can still communicate and worship God in the same attitude of those whose knees are touching the floor.
I like the way The Message interprets James 4:10, ‘Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet’.
Because of this, we can confidentially prepare for each day, each month, and for the day when Jesus will return.
- Do you ‘kneel’ with God and tell Him your troubles?
- Learn from those in Scriptures about the importance of falling on your knees.
- Invest time each day to worship God who loves to invest in you!!
Linda’s Inner Beauty tip for the week: Claim James 4:10, ‘Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.’
Kayla’s Outward Beauty tip: If you find yourself with dry knees, apply a light oil to your skin right after a shower. After showering the pores will be open to absorb more moisture than any other time. Using a light cream or oil will help to keep our knees looking young.
Next week: Our Skin
YOU CAN DO THIS!