I just reread an amazing book Sit, Walk, Stand, written by Watchman Nee back in 1957. This beauty is 67 pages long and takes the reader through the book of Ephesians with crystal clarity. Nee reminds us why we have to slow down and learn to sit, first. Once we understand what it means to “abide,” we can take baby steps and attempt to walk in love. Once we truly learn to walk, resistance will come. Remember, friend, the more you and I attempt to walk in love the more resistance we’re gonna feel. Née learned to embrace resistance and be thankful for those opposing him. Née, you see, knew his only required response was to trust his Savior and learn to stand.
Sit, Walk, Stand.
Don’t mix the order and don’t forget to refresh and refuel after a long walk or a difficult stand. God, remember, is generous and giving. Sometimes you and I just need to sit with Him awhile. Now for the coolest part of Nee’s book. He wrote this bad boy from his prison cell. He was arrested in China in 1952 on bunches of false charges because of his beliefs. His writing and his work carried on in spite of his circumstances. He kept sitting, walking, and standing even though for the next 20 years of his life, he was confined to his cell. Nee would die alone in 1972 still stuck in his prison cell. Nee’s life was a reflection of his opus even though it certainly didn’t go according to his script. He learned to sit, walk, stand. Thanks for showing us what it looks like to stand.
This past week, like most, I experienced resistance. I wasn’t thankful or grateful it came my way. I am so far from embracing this kind of pain and suffering, so far. Sometimes, I think of myself as the biggest joke on the planet. I mean come on man, I get paid to help people build strength within and stop trash talking themselves and yet I too struggle standing in the simplest of resistance. We are all a work in process, friends. As for my sorriness, I’m learning to sit, pray, and remember whose I am so I don’t stay down as long. I’m learning to humbly sit, walk, and stand. Thanks, Watchman, for the inspiration. Thanks, Coldplay, for your latest sunrise/sunset performance in Jordan too – makes me smile. Both have the bounce returning to my steps sooner than it once did. Progress. God, help me sit, walk, and stand. God, help me expect resistance and learn to love it and even the person resisting. God, help me. What do you believe when you face resistance? What beliefs keep you in the fight when life knocks you on your bottom? What music lifts your spirit, friend? Slow down and sit with this one for awhile. Good.
Live hard. Love harder (Thanks, Teeks)…