"Christa Heider, get your power turned on. Table three, please," the automated voice rings over the chiropractor’s office sound system. I walk up to table three, scan my badge and watch as my medical file comes up on the computer screen. Then I make myself comfortable on the table – face down - and wait for my adjustment.
When I first started going to the chiropractor, my neck and back had been out of line for a while. A combination of doing gymnastics as a kid, falling on my head doing street drama in Italy, and spending hours bent over a desk at work had turned my spine curvy and my neck straight. After a year of discomfort, I had decided that something needed to be done about it. It was pinching nerves and keeping me from exercising. (I hate muscles that feel like two-hour cooked spaghetti noodles because I hadn’t done more than walk from my apartment to my car!) So now I'm in the process of getting my spine aligned – and it’s a week by week process.
When I look back to the times that I've felt discouraged, I can usually say that my time with God and my pursuit of His Word had waned. I allowed every day problems to distract me from my priorities. Our strength as a Christian comes through the Holy Spirit, but it's our responsibility to pursue that strength. The basics like reading our Bible every day, praying, being faithful to attend and participate at church, and praising and worshiping God can't be neglected. When they are, that alignment we used to enjoy suddenly disappears and we experience "spiritual subluxation." The nerves are pinched (we can't hear God's voice) and we're in pain (the worries of life get to us). No wonder we feel weak! Our focus isn't where it's supposed to be!