Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Recently, I was having a discussion with a co-worker (and friend) about her horses. She started using terminology that I did not understand. That is not hard to do in areas I know little about. This day, the words she was using struck me, and held on.

She started talking about "verical flexion," and "lateral flexion." Unknown to her, the questions I began to ask were for intended spiritual purposes. Not because I am so spiritual, but because it was one of those 'God moments' for me.

"Flexion," according to the dictionary is:
-the resulting condition of being bent, or
-the act of bending a joint or limb.

"Vertical Flexion" according to my friend, is - getting a horse to say "yes," or nod up and down, when you first mount up. This lets you know the horse is with you.

"Lateral Flexion" is getting the horse to "kiss your foot," or move the head side to side... a "no" motion.

I read a bit on-line in an article by Clinton Anderson from "Natural Horse" magazine. In it, he conveys that you gain much better control of your horse by lateral flexion than vertical. Why? Because the horse has much more power in nodding yes, than no. Because of the bit in his mouth, or perhaps its neck muscles, it apparently has less stress in the "yes" motion, and it has much more strength vertically than laterally.

I know these concepts are already leaping into your minds. That's why I thought it was so cool. When we say "yes" to our Lord, there is so much more power evident at our disposal. Not because of who we are, but because of who He is, and the fact that we are in agreement with His will.

When we say "no," we have much less fulfillment spiritually speaking. We can do more on our own, but that kind of self-satisfaction is temporary, and empty. It does not cause us to grow in the Lord, it causes a greater chasm between Him and us.

Saying "yes" hurts less than saying "no." So why do we spend so much time saying "no?" Clearly it doesn't make any sense. Like horses, we do have a free will which we like to exercise. The corresponding pain we endure when we say "no," causes much of the difficulty we experience in life.

Saying "yes" connects us directly to the conduit of power that is found in serving our King. We do not have to know where the "yes" is leading, to access it. We simply need to say "yes," and let our actions reflect "yes," and we will be in the flow of His strength! Knowing that "His power is perfected in our weakness" (2Cor. 12:9) suggests that the less we sometimes know, when we say "yes," the more glory the Lord God will receive.

This is a lesson Beej learned very well in his youth. He was not afraid to say "yes." He said it often, though seldom knowing where it would lead. The power the Lord displayed through his life is evident to most of us. His flexion was vertical in a world that is typified by lateral. The "bending" he underwent ultimately served his advantage, and glorified Jesus.

How about you? Are you an example of Vertical or Lateral Flexion? Let your yes be yes!



At 8:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow.. just wow.

At 10:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Lord. Yes, Lord. Yes, Yes, Lord!!! What a beautiful message today, once again!

At 12:21 PM, Blogger Kim Mierau said...

What a great connection! Thank you for all the thought and prayer and time you put into these entries. They are so encouraging and wonderful! Love *kim

At 1:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's crazy I know, but I caught myself shaking my head yes, Lord and saying no, Lord inside my head awhile back. I had to make a conscious effort to train my mind to recognize when the heart says yes but the mind says no to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Still working on that! Thanks for the insight and as so many say everyday, I may not comment often but I am at this site daily reading, laughing, crying and praying for you. All of you are a real blessing in my life.
Mark, OH

At 3:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still praying and praising God for your "yes" to Africa. All who go will be blessed by your presence on the team as well as those you serve while there. Blessings to you all.

Heather had a great time with you all this past weekend. Thanks for having her.

Love and prayers,

At 4:25 PM, Blogger Haley Kate said...

"Knowing that "His power is perfected in our weakness" (2Cor. 12:9) suggests that the less we sometimes know, when we say "yes," the more glory the Lord God will receive."
That statement speaks greatly to me. Thank you for sharing! God bless

At 5:00 PM, Blogger Tara Case said...

Yes you--both of you! hehe I just wanted to say Hello! God is still just moving all along and today was my first day back to college...big world i know! hehe But i am excitied! Especially about my religions of mankind class--JESUSNESS! Woohoo it will be coming out because he wants us to talk and be open with our thoughts and he is a christian. um we cover Judiasm, Christianity, Buddist, Islam and Hindu...yeah! So pray for that..for the people in my class to see TRUTH! Well love you guys!

At 5:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know how you come up with a meaningful and pertinent topic each day, but you do....Hmmm, must be a God thing.
Thanks for being faithful to this sight. Sometimes I really don't have a response, but I do read it daily.

At 6:34 PM, Blogger Lattany said...

What an excellent illustration.

His flexion was vertical in a world that is typified by lateral.

^My prayer.

Fairfax, VA, USA

At 6:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speechless. Amazed. In Awe!!

thank you Brent. Will be praying for you regarding North Africa.

God bless

Linda Anderson
Willows, California

At 10:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for continuing to post. It is such an encouragment to me when I get a chance to come by this site and read some of the things the Lord has put on your heart. It is so encouraging to read how the Lord is teaching other Christians! I always gain something to strengthen my walk with the Lord when I read your posts. Thank you again!

Trusting Him,

At 11:16 PM, Blogger Praying in Pink said...

I think I really began to understand true discipleship when I learned about obedience (vertical flexion--who knew?). One of my first and best and continual teachers has been the writings/teachings of Elisabeth Elliot. I can still remember the first time I listened to a tape in which she explained that in order to bear fruit, we must be willing to fall to the ground and DIE. . . another vertical movement.

What I only began to "get" in my mid-20s, BJ "got" at a much younger age--not because he experienced physical death, but because of his willingness to die to himself, regardless of the cost.

Thank you for another amazing metaphor. Thank you more for sharing a son whose life serves as a metaphor for so many. Family (yes, I'm mixing metaphors now), as we lay down our lives, let's take up our swords!

poised for battle,


P.S. LOVE the new picture, Lattany! Praying for your trip. . .


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