Sometimes you are in the flow. Sometimes you are in the fight.
A few months ago, I was in the flow. Thoughts and ideas for writing and sermons were coming effortlessly. I filled pages of my Moleskine notebook with seeds that I fully intended to turn into moving blog posts or stirring sermons.
Well, the flow ended. Welcome to the fight! Now I look at that list and rather than seeing seeds that simply need planted, watered, and fertilized, I see a bunch of weights that have to be carried up a thousand flights of stairs (at least that is how it feels). Every post, every illustration, and every creative thought has to be worked out with much effort and is accompanied by little enthusiasm.
I think it is quite obvious by now that this post was born in the fight.
This is how life goes though. Sometimes you are in the flow. Sometimes you are in the fight.
Some days you are on the mountain. Some days you are in the valley.
Some days you have it all under your belt. Some days your belt breaks. (Speaking of belts breaking, Thanksgiving is right around the corner!)
Some days you have it all under control. Some days you lose control and remember to give it back to Him.
Whatever someday you are in today, remember these words:
This too shall pass. – Many Smart People Over the Years
Mountains are followed by valleys. Valleys are followed by mountains.
Victory isn’t in the flow and it isn’t in the fight. Victory is in the faithfulness. Don’t give up.
You in a strange city. After parting company with your companions you begin to make your way back to your car. After a couple of blocks you begin to realize that you don’t recognize anything and you begin to wonder if you have lost your way. You pull out your phone to try to pull up a map and realize that your battery is dead. Wonderful! You are lost in a strange city after dark with no phone and no help. And that is when you notice that you are being followed.
At first you try to convince yourself that it is all in your head. You make several strange turns to see of your pursuer will follow and he remains relentless. Your breathing quickens, your palms sweat, your heart beats in your throat. What now?
Fight or Flight?
This is the term used to describe the bodies preparation to deal with a stressful or potentially dangerous situation. When backed into a corner, your body prepares to fight or to run.
We often find ourselves in spiritual battles in which we feel we are left with these two options. We can fight or we can flee. Sometimes fighting is right. Sometimes fleeing is right. But when backed into a corner by the enemy of your soul or by life’s difficult circumstances, there is a third option.
Everything in us wants to take the situation into our own hands. We want to roll up our sleves and fight our own battles. We want to turn tail and run. God says, “Stand.”
2 Chronicles 20:17 “Ye shall not [need] to fight in this [battle]: set yourselves, stand ye [still], and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD [will be] with you.”
2 Corinthians 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
“If it tastes good, spit it out!” said the 70+ year old man who pulls his SUV around for a workout. I saw his story on the news a few months back (tried to find a clip, but couldn’t come up with anything…sorry). He and is wife are both over 70, yet they are in incredible physical shape. They both practice a form of primitive workout and diet. Their exercises resemble tasks that primitive man would have done; chase supper, kill supper, drag supper home. Their diet consists only of things that primitive man would have eaten; no tv dinners, no frozen pizzas, no processed food period! (Sounds like no fun to me).
I kind of laughed when he said, “if it tastes good, spit it out,” but I think he was serious. Now obviously this is a little extreme, but he has a point. We always want the goodies, but we need something that is good for us (physically and spiritually). And what is good for us is not always what tastes the best. In fact, sometimes it tastes downright awful. And sorry Mary Poppins fans, good lessons don’t always come with a spoon full of sugar; but they are good for us in the end.
So what’s my point? Thanks for asking. If you have a pastor that will preach the Truth to you in love without sugar-coating it, be thankful that someone cares enough about you to make you eat your vegetables. If God is correcting you because of some sin in your life, don’t be angry; “for the Lord reproves him whom he loves” (Proverbs 3:12). He is making sure you get the stuff that will make you strong. He could just give you the stuff that tastes good, but with out good nutrition, you will die.
Now stop scooping those veggies to the dog under the table…eat up, it will make you strong! 🙂