IT IS AVAILABLE!
Over the last 18 months, my local gym like many across the United Kingdom has been shut. Then came the staggered opening which led to some of the group classes starting. That then led to the resumption of my spin class with limited number of bikes. Recently, that has changed, and I just thought to share my thought and lesson learnt from our response to this phrase – ‘It Is Available’.
The opening of the economy and changes to the COVID restrictions on the 19th of July 2021 meant gyms went from 30% capacity to opening fully and providing full capacity in almost all the classes. That meant my spin class went from 10 bikes to 30 bikes.
It was exciting because I didn’t need to stay up till 12 midnight to try to get a space nor did I have to wait for someone to cancel at 8am the next morning for the 9am class. That had been the practise for the past months. Some even pre-book their spaces for 2 weeks in advance. It just looked like it was impossible to get a bike.
Booking for a spin place after the opening was so easy. After booking, I sometimes see more than 19 bikes still available. As the weeks progressed, there were fewer of us than even the pre-opening times. The class recorded less than 30% and it got my trainer concerned. As she mentioned her concern in class last week and said ‘I don’t understand what is going on, more bikes are available – why aren’t many more coming?’ As we got talking about this and general human behavioural pattern, I remember the word of God that says:-
THE WORD OF GOD
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Isaiah 55:1 (NLT here)
When it looked like there were limited bikes, many wanted to get in and then there were more bikes. The more available the bikes were, the less interest people had. Sometimes this seems to be the attitude we also apply to the word and promises of God.
I have always found the above scripture fascinating. Why will someone come to buy without money? Why will there be a purchase without cost? Well, Prophet Isaiah was saying that; to get the precious promises the Lord has prepared for us, all we need is hunger and thirst. We do not need to be limited by lack of money to buy.
The things of the Lord are prepared and available for those who hunger. God’s word and promises are available to all; but are we hungry enough to put all aside and hunger after Him. He said those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be filled. Will you and I be counted as part of those?
I want to implore you to seek after the LORD and pursue Him with a fresh hunger and thirst as there is unlimited satisfaction in pursuing the Lord. Never allow availability trigger neglect of that which is available to and for you.
The Lord is on your side!