THE SCENE: 35 and clear
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: Administered
Black snake to the back lot
Bernie the length of the lot
Lunge/broad jump/lunge the length of the lot
Five Lines spaced ~50’ apart.
- Bear crawl to 1st line. 40 merkins. Sprint to the 5th line and back to start.
- Bear crawl to 2nd line. 30 merkins. Sprint to the 5th line and back to start.
- Bear crawl to 3rd line. 20 merkins. Sprint to the 5th line and back to start.
- Bear crawl to 4th line. 10 merkins. Sprint back to start.
Lunge walk/mosey to the coupons
P1: Up the steps – touch the wall – come back
100 – Uneven Merkins
150 – Overhead press
200 – Heavy LBC
250 – Curls
300 – Coupon Squat
Mosey to the benches – Bulgarian split squats x 20 each
PAX Choice with some Dolly, American hammer, heels to heaven, plank
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
9 + 5 Rushians
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Today is International Ear Care Day. Last year’s theme for IECD was “Check Your Hearing” – and that’s what we are going to talk about this morning…checking our hearing…
What do you think about when we talk of “listening for the voice of God”? What does that look like? What does God’s voice sound like? Should we expect an audible voice? A flash of lightning? A vision in the clouds? I’d love to hear an audible voice – but I don’t expect it. Instead, I think about hearing God’s voice when I “listen” with my heart and my spirit.
In the book of Jerimiah…starting in Chapter 7 the prophet is standing at the gate of a city and relaying God’s words to the occupants. As he reminisces on the Israelites experience after they left Egypt, Jeremiah says (speaking from God’s perspective), “I have spoken to you time and again, but you wouldn’t listen and I have called you but you wouldn’t answer” (vs 13). Later (vs 24), “(I gave) them this command, ‘Obey me, and then I will be your God, and you will be my people. Follow every way I command you so that it may go well with you”. Then, “but they harkened not, nor inclined their ear.”
The Hebrew word from this passage which we translate as “inclined” is natah. Traced to its Semitic root, you find it is a musician’ term, used for the tightening of strings on an instrument to tune it. The Hebrew word for “ear” is ‘azan, which means ear – but also in the Semitic, it is a term used for a musical instrument. So, the idea of “inclining one’s ear” is really a word picture of tuning a musical instrument so that it is in harmony with other instruments. “Hearing the voice of God” might be a matter of tuning the strings of your spirit or heart…so that you are in harmony with His mind and heart.
How do we tune our hearts?
By doing many of the things that we talk about in this circle!
- Through prayer and guided meditation (hat tip Spotter, Pool Boy, Erector, others…) we commune with His Spirit and, over time, become more in harmony.
- Through reading and studying scripture (hat tip Guardrail, Wanderer, others…) we learn about His character.
- Through living obediently (hat tip Archie, Hound Dog, others…). Because disobedience is a sure sign of living out of tune.
Check your hearing! Maybe the way you come to know God’s will is by tuning your heart to be in harmony with His heart. Work at this by prayer, mediation, studying scripture, and living in obedience.
Prayers for Wanderer’s family as they grieve a loss and make plans to travel.
Prayers for Butterknife’s wife as she courageously steps out to look for employment that she is passionate about.
Borrowed most of this from a Word that I did back in October – apologies to Snaggletooth, who heard it twice!
Hat tip to Chaim Bentorah for inspiring this Word. Read more about natah ‘azan.