Do you ever think of your body as a friend? Do you have compassion toward it? What would it look like for you? -Shauna Niequist
This was the question at the end of my devotional this morning. It really spoke to me, so I knew that I needed to write about it.
From Sunday to Tuesday, my youngest Noah and I have been away at church camp. I thanked God for my body so many times over those 48 hours, just as I will today and did before I left.
I am 37 and probably, realistically 15 pounds over weight. Up until 2 weeks ago I held a desk job where I could see the fat just building on my body like never before. Since then, I have been working hard to get my steps in for the day. Even if it means walking around in circles in my bedroom while watching TV because it is raining outside.
While Noah and I were at camp we kept track of how many steps we took. Every time we had any down time, we hiked. Lucky for us some of the other kids and their parents who were at the camp with us, also liked to walk and go on adventures. We weren’t alone, had wonderful talks and the chance to see nature all around us during this time.
On Sunday we went 10560 steps, which for me is the equivalent of 4.74 miles. On Monday we went 14207 which was 6.39 miles and last Tuesday it was 8416 steps for 3.79 miles.
I thanked my body over and over for being able to move through those trails. For being able to sleep on a bunk-bed without much trouble and no stiff joints the next day. I thanked my body for being able to tolerate camp food. Lastly, I woke up Tuesday morning and had to made a bee line for the bathroom. My stomach was really upset, after going back and forth from my room to the bathroom for about an hour and half, my body allowed me to push through the camp day without much problem.
It is easy to look at the imperfections in our body. But, what about all the amazing things that our body allows us to do? I mean, first and foremost my body allowed me to carry 3 beautiful babies to term and deliver naturally (so I mean, that is pretty much the greatest gift you could ever receive). It still allows me to run all over, move quickly, climb up and down, fuel it the way that I need to, consume a million ounces of water, swim kids around in a lake, paddle a canoe to give kids the ride of their life, sit on a tractor to endure a trip to the barn and stand up to do the motions to so many camp songs that I can’t even count.
So one more time I will say, thank you body. I keep treating you right and you do not disappoint and you continue to return the favor. Like a true friend, you are there for me when I need you and you know that you can count on me to treat you as I want to be treated!