The human body is an incredible thing. I didn’t really appreciate it as much when they made me memorize all the muscles in my left leg in anatomy three years ago; but in hindsight I appreciate it now. I’ll admit I’ve forgotten most of those muscle names, but the human body still fascinates me. Anyone else ever think about how our body functions; why there are the exact same number of bones in every adult spinal column? The way our bodies function, the complexities of it all…Someone had to create us. I refuse to believe that we came to be from a big explosion. No, we were intricately designed. Every bone and every muscle has a purpose and a place; and there are people who devote their careers to fully understanding this sort of thing. My chiropractor is one of them.
I started going to a chiropractor a while ago because I was feeling really off balance. I know it sounds crazy haha, but I honestly felt like something was literally out of place. I learned a lot that first visit; about nerves, the spine, bones, and things. The nerd in me was so excited and I honestly considered a career change for a second haha! However, one thing that resonated with me the most was the fact that the chiropractor said something along the lines of, “I’m just simply treating the body to function (i.e. making sure bones are properly aligned) the way God designed you.” He further explained that bones, particularly in the spine are sometimes not aligned the way they should be. Our everyday moving around can cause a shift. Now I’m paraphrasing here, but he said when bones become misaligned this can affect our nerves and thus various parts of our body and overall health. The way he explained it made SO much sense and I probably didn’t do the man and his practice any justice with my little synopsis; but I can tell you that I did feel different after multiple visits. The chiropractor realigned some vertebrae in my spine, pushed a few bones back in place here and there and bam good as new! Fun fact! For 22 years of my life, the left side of my body was longer than the right! Again, I know it all sounds crazy, but the human body is an amazing thing.
After my adjustments I was sore for a few days. It honestly did feel like my spine had gone through some shifting. My posture was different. Every symptom he associated with an out of place vertebrae I no longer experienced it. Some may say it was placebo or whatever, and maybe. But I can tell you I haven’t been to the chiropractor in months; and believe it or not the old symptoms are back and probably worse. So, in my opinion, I believe the things the doctor was saying.
BUT, I didn’t get on here to talk to you about bones and the spine exactly. I was reading Adamant by Lisa Bevere (amazing book!!) and I came across the following quote and scripture that made me think of that visit.
“The Bible is clear that a shift happens when we change our posture.”
“If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
This is my second time getting that verse this week. Literally had a moment of, “Okay God!! I get it!” The sentence from Adamant implies that the shift happens after we change our posture. Yes, this is true to an extent, but I also think a shift must occur before we can change our posture. So back to the spine example, if you have bones out of place, which was the case in my situation, it can cause an imbalance leading to spinal curvature. No matter how hard I tried to sit up straight, that imbalance was always causing my spine to curve forward. My posture was not changing. After adjustments and shifting some vertebrae in consecutive visits. I noticed an actual change in my posture and my spine was no longer curved forward.
So, to reiterate, I believe a shift must occur before the posture change. In reference to the scripture, God is calling for a shift in our hearts to turn away from our sins. If one thing is out of place, say we’re holding on to anger or jealousy, it affects the whole posture. To change our posture, we must start at the root of the problem and shift those things; everything that Christ died for, that we no longer have to be bound to. The shift starts internally; by humbling ourselves, praying, and seeking His face. We cannot influence external change without making sure everything is properly aligned within. The shift within will lead to a posture change and in turn an ultimate shift of how we carry ourselves in everyday life, how we respond to others, how we influence our brothers and sisters, and even how we influence non-believers.
In essence, I’m sure this is exactly what Lisa Bevere meant, but it made a lot of sense for me to break it down this way to myself. I find the whole spine thing super interesting if you couldn’t tell and I just need a mental image to fully grasp things sometimes.
Let’s also say we are out of place in our purpose. Each of us have a very specific purpose and role in the body of Christ. God intricately made each of us, with all of our complexities, to be used by Him. Sometimes we lose our alignment with Christ, but it’s never too late to get back in place. Although the change isn’t noticeable immediately, our position has a lasting impact that is noticable in the long run.
Physical alignment, spiritual alignment…it’s all important! I hope whoever is reading this will be inspired even if it’s just to learn more about the human body.