It’s ‘Five minute Friday’ time, joining with Lisa-Jo Baker.

She gives us 1 word,

we write for 5 minutes flat – no backtracking or editing, throwing caution to the wind.

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This is my best five minutes on ‘Stretch’
Ballet stretch
I stretch up, and hear the bones clicking in my shoulder, and wince slightly. My boy looks curiously up at me.

“Do you want to stretch too?” I ask.

He looks excited and shyly up at me.
“Reach up!” I say, and he puts his hands up, pauses. Then he groans. He wants to do it right, I can see. (Do I groan when I stretch? Who knew?)

Then we reach down, and I try not to groan again, but that is all I will manage today, and he just makes me smile with his imitation.

I love that he reaches up, and that he groans with me, without even knowing why. His movements are full of discovery and trust and love.

I think of the phrase, ‘Be holy, as I am holy’. And I think of the ways that we move our souls along with the Spirit, in clumsy but loving imitation, and of the groanings that the Holy Spirit makes in our weakness, at a deeper level than we can ever know.


12 Responses to Stretch

  1. Donna 20th August, 2012 at 2:18 am #

    You made me cry, again!
    Thanks for the reminder that God is patient with my clumsiness and mistakes, that He doesn’t roll His eyes and mutter under His breath when I get it wrong… yet again!
    You certainly have a way with words! 🙂

    • Tanya 22nd August, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

      I’m going to take it that the crying is good…
      Thanks so much for sharing how the post connected with you. LIke you, I find myself constantly imagining God as rolling his eyes in impatience – and it is so good to re-remember His character as loving parent.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Kimberly 18th August, 2012 at 6:39 am #

    It’s all on a deeper level than we know isn’t it? I take great comfort in knowing there’s more than my clumsy imitation at work.
    Thanks for stopping by my place and your kind words. If I ever hear of an Almost Writer’s Conference, you’ll be the first to know;)

    • Tanya 22nd August, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

      Yes – I need to remember that I am a child sometimes, and that some things are beyond my understanding.

      Thanks for returning the visit! The Almost Writer’s Conference – it’s an untapped marketing opportunity, that’s for sure! 🙂

  3. Barbie 18th August, 2012 at 6:17 am #

    Oh the ache and groan in the stretch. I am experiencing this now.
    Stopped over from the 5 Minute Friday.

    • Tanya 22nd August, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

      Ach. Feeling it with you.
      Thanks for stopping by. x

  4. Melanie 17th August, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    Sweet post. I can picture you and your son! “he groans with me without even knowing why.” May I continue to grow in my imitation even when I don’t know why it contains groans.
    Happy weekend!!

    • Tanya 22nd August, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

      Lovely to see you again! I’m echoing that prayer too – thanks for putting it so clearly – this is what I need to do.

  5. Nikki 17th August, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    Oooh, so much to ponder with this one, Tanya!

    I groan, too…when God tries to stretch me. but to have the faith of a child, like your son, and follow His lead..

    Striving with you to follow the Holy Spirit’s lead. And believe deep in my cracking crevasses that His power will be revealed in my weakness.

    Hugs to you, friend! I love your heart so….

    • Tanya 22nd August, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

      Thanks for hanging out with me again, Nikki, you always say such encouraging things! I loved your post too!

  6. Brenda 17th August, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

    What a wonderful word picture!!! Glad I stopped by today.

    • Tanya 17th August, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

      Thank you! Lovely to ‘meet you’ too.

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