Knees and Noses
When you were a preschooler in Sunday school, did you ever sing the song “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes”? We sang it A LOT! In fact, I sang it to my son when he was an infant. When he was old enough to go to Storytime at our local library, I was thrilled that they sang it there too! It’s a great way to teach parts of the body while getting some of the wiggles out before sitting down to read a book or do a craft.
But now that my son is in elementary school, I find myself reflecting on some of these “childish” songs and finding new truth in them.
What do you think are the two most important parts of your body?
I think your knees and your nose are two vital body parts.
Why? You might ask. Well, these are two parts of your body that you MUST use EVERY day of your life. When you use these two body parts effectively, the rest of your life will seem to go a lot smoother. While you may use these parts more than once in a day, it is critically important to use them at least one time EVERY day.
You see, we need to get on our knees and PRAY every day. Getting on your knees is a humbling position. It’s a vulnerable position. For some of us, it can be a physically painful position. But it’s a necessary position if you want your prayers to be answered. We need to humble ourselves before God EVERY day, seeking His guidance, protection, and peace. If we skip this time before the Heavenly throne, we will feel (or become) lost as we attempt to travel this path of life. Oftentimes, we make excuses as to why it isn’t important to pray or to set aside time to talk with Jesus each day. But when we make it a habit to neglect bowing before the throne, we often find ourselves forced onto our knees, begging for the King’s mercy and grace. By making prayer a habit in our lives, we have more freedom than we could ever imagine.
As a mom, finding time to pray for any length of time can be challenging. Being sleep deprived, busy, or just plain exhausted makes it difficult to spend time with Jesus. But when I do, I become a better wife, mother, sister, friend, and person. So parents, keep this in mind:
You stand tallest before your children when you’re on your knees.
Your nose is also a very important body part. You see, in order to truly discern what God has planned for your life, your NOSE needs to be His Word daily. You MUST read the Bible EVERY day in order to know what His desires are for your life and to be able to combat the devils attempts to mislead you. Reading books ABOUT the Bible is NOT the same as reading the Bible. I have often heard it said that the Bible is too difficult for the common person to understand. Well, I can tell you that I am not a Bible scholar, don’t know how to read Greek or Hebrew, but when I get on my knees FIRST and pray to the Father, the Spirit opens my eyes to new things in His Word EVERY day. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve read through the Bible. I don’t say this to brag. I say this because even though I’ve read through the entire Bible multiple times (straight through, in chronological order, within a year, etc), every time I read a passage, I discover something new. The Bible is the inspired Word of God, written by common men. Most of them weren’t trained, professional authors. In fact, they were fisherman, shepherds, farmers, convicts, etc. Common people like me and you. But our amazing God can (and does) turn their ordinary words into extraordinary truths in our lives.
But you’ve got to READ the BIBLE every day! There are multitudes of books written about the Bible. While those can be helpful, they are NOT the inspired Word of God. THEY ARE NOT THE BIBLE! Read them as references when you need help. But you MUST read the Bible every day.
Although you may use many parts of your body today, my hope is that your knees and your nose are used efficiently today.