I tried something new. Something I never thought I would do.
Yes, that aerobic exercise that combines Latin music with crazy, energetic, dance moves.
I am neither Latin nor an energetic dancer. In fact, I looked like a flailing pigeon. I was always a beat or two behind, my arms never went the right way, my hips screamed at me that they don’t move like that, and my face held a continuously confused look.
That was me. Get the picture?
But my sweet friend who dragged me met me at the class was so encouraging. “I can’t do this!” I whined.
“Just keep marching. You can do it, girl. Just march it out,” she said with a smile.
I wanted to drop-kick that smile right off her Zumba-loving face.
But I marched on. And I actually made it through class. (Surprisingly enough, they didn’t even ask me not to come back!)
Okay, just kidding. (But not really.)
Anyway, he sang a song I had never heard before: “O My Soul, March On.” The lyrics were powerful:
O my soul, march on in victory
O rejoice, for I have been set free
No turning back, no turning back
I have been redeemed
O my soul, my soul march on in strength
I giggled to myself thinking of my uncoordinated attempts at Zumba. I did march on that night—and didn’t even quit! I didn’t let Zumba and all its hip-moving defeat me. I marched it out.
How many of us need to “march on” during everyday life? When the Enemy has trapped us, knocked us down, or gotten us off path?
God encourages us in His Word to keep marching: “O my soul, march on with strength” (Judges 5:21, ASV).
When you’re troubled, march on.
When you are fearful, march on.
When you are weak, march on.
When you are unsure, march on.
When you lack courage, march on.
When you doubt, march on.
And don’t just keep marching … march on in God’s strength!
It must have been God’s strength that night of Zumba that kept me marching on and not collapsing. And I know it is God’s strength each and every day that keeps me marching on.
How about you?
March on, friends, march on!
“O My Soul, March On” (2011 Universal Music, Written by Travis Cottrell, David Moffitt, and Jonathan Lee)
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