Today’s article in Thirty Days of Devotion isn’t always an easy one to swallow, but these waves of life will be around whether we want them or not.
Just like we are in a spiritual season, we have waves in our lives. Relationships, our identities, personalities, and responsibilities all change over time and we have to adjust to the ebb and flow of the waves.
NOTE: We have to adjust. The waves aren’t going to adjust to us.
The picture here really connects with me. The deep recesses of my nature change so slowly that I scarcely notice it. Though over time, I can look back and see where I was as compared to where I am. For the the good or bad of it.
The hats I wear and responsibilities I enjoy can change much more frequently. The stress from their changes affects me and causes me to redirect my efforts, but their effect gets absorbed after a short time.
The circumstances of daily can certainly batter me. Or they can give me the ride of my life, depending on my attitude. But the effect of these waves doesn’t last unless a storm hits.
And it’s those storms, the tumult, that brings the deep waves crashing onto the shore. Storms change everything. The shoreline, the wave motion. They make those jarring alterations that set new life courses complete with endless adaptations. (Or at least they seem endless.)
But they also offer new beginnings. New opportunities to see what we’re made of, what we’re capable of. And how God can use even the most devastating of storms to say, “Yeah, I know. I’ve been there,” in hopes of helping some other struggling sailor.
Your Turn: How have your storms directly affected others in a positive way? How have they made a positive impact on your life?
Tomorrow marks the beginning of our final season! Wow! We’re almost there! Come back and see what this last season in Thirty Days of Devotion has to offer!
2015/September at 9:07 pm
I know you certainly inspire me! I’m blessed by your words, my friend!
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2015/September at 9:10 pm
Aw, thank you!! 🙂 And praise God. I love your blog and am so glad we “met” online!!! 🙂
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2015/September at 9:31 pm
Me, too!! 🙂
2015/September at 7:14 pm
Some have written (on my blog and in email) that my blogging, about my storms and God, has encouraged them. This makes me very, very happy. These storms have made a positive impact on my life in many ways; one way is making me think harder and deeper about some spiritual things.