Thankful for Gravity
I read an interesting article entitled, 20 Things You Didn’t Know About Gravity, by Bill Andrews. The facts are truly amazing and I ask that you read it if you get the chance. Bill says that “Gravity only attracts, it never repels, yet a dime-size magnet has enough electromagnetic force to overcome all of Earth’s gravity and stick to the fridge.” Isn’t it funny how something so small can overcome something so great? Bill also says, “The force of gravity accelerates everything at the same rate, regardless of weight. If you dropped balls of the same size but different weights from a rooftop, they would hit the ground at the same time. The heavier object’s greater inertia cancels out any speed it might have over the lighter object.”
In school, we learned that gravity is the force that pulls the center of the earth which causes us to not float off into space. Gravity causes the planets to orbit around the sun and not bump into each other. Gravity has its place in how the entire universe works. Gravity: the weight that causes the functionality of what is deemed as “normal” for us. The intensity of the gravitational pull will be determined on the masses of the two bodies and the distance between the both and the center of the orbiting body. The short of it is the closer the masses to the orbiting body the greater the gravitational pull. Gravity is the force that pulls you to the core of that substance.
Yet, I am grateful for the GRAVITY of Relationships!
I am counting gravity, not as the gravitational force that keeps us from floating away but the situations that come our way that keep us intertwined and united together within our relationships. This gravity is the weight of self-denial and submission. Just as our guest blogger stated Prophetess Earlene said earlier this week, Submission is Not a Dirty Word, it’s wrapped around the lack of understanding and can be considered as “respect” instead of the latter. Once we lock into it then the power that comes with this self-denial and submission to the Lord than the glory or the gravity of the foundation of that relationship will shine forth.
The core of relationships has a strong determining factor on how those who are involved will interact with one another. When Jesus was predicting His death in John 12:20-36, specifically in verse 27 and 28, He was speaking to the disciples and telling them that His soul was troubled but He speaks from His spirit and commands his soul to get in line with the purpose and very reason why He was here. The two masses that are being drawn is Jesus spirit and soul! His spirit is going back to Our Father that was not the struggle. Just as Jesus showed His vulnerability of his soul having a hard time following suit; his flesh was dying. The core of a relationship will help guide which way we will learn when it comes to showing the glory of why the relationship was even established. If there is no gravity or weight within the relationship then it will be very easy for the two people or two souls or two “masses” to float away and get locked in orbiting around other gravitational pulls which can be unhealthy things that fulfil the lust of eye, lust of the flesh or the pride of life (those dime-size magnets mentioned above -- they are small but we are drawn away by our own desires James 1:13-15).
First Peter tells us that we should not be surprised at the fiery ordeals that come to test us as though it is something strange were happening to us. Be we should rejoice inasmuch as we participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that we may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed (1 Peter 4:12-14). The fiery ordeals, tests or trials that comes can be to see how strong we want to draw to the core of our relationship with the Lord. We should rejoice as it states in the Word because we know that The Father is going to show how much weight He has in our lives. To whom you may ask? Those who are watching us from afar and nearby.
Going back to John 12:20-36, the benefit to self-denial and submission to the Lord will not remain as “single seeds” of goodness but will multiply to produce many seeds. Jesus’ relationship with The Father was so strong that He knew that the seed of His life needed to allow gravity of the relationship that God had with His handcrafted sons and daughters (Ps 139:13) be redeemed and released of the wages of sin. Jesus then said to the disciples that “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to me” (vv. 32). Jesus said this to show the disciples, along with the generations to come, that as long as He glorified He will use the gravity of our relationship with Him to draw others into the Kingdom of G-d as well. He’s showing the gravity of our relationship with the Lord has an effect of the other lost body looking for a gravitational pull get locked into just as the disciples heard Jesus commanding His soul to get in line with purpose!
To maintain and cultivate the gravitational pull just as Jesus did is through true and heartfelt prayer, submission and obedience. The gravity of our relationship with the Lord is a light in this dark world. Many are called but few are chosen, it’s a humbling thing to be able to have an ear to hear and feel the gravity of the call…