Flow or Fight?

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.

Photo by s.schmitz

 

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.

Keep But Don’t Take

Jesus’ special prayer for the Church in John 17 is one of the most beautiful portions of Scripture.  It reveals the heart of God and His great love for His Church.  I am especially intrigued by what He prays in verse fifteen.

“I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.”

There seems to be so much wrapped up in that one sentence.  It speaks to the importance of  being separate from this world, yet not isolated.  It speaks to the fact that God will, at times, allow us to go into a difficult situation, yet He does so with the intention of bringing us through.  It speaks to the duty of the Church and brings an understanding to our purpose in this world.

Everybody has faced some trial of which they prayed the Lord to take them out.  But instead of taking us out, God brought us through.  And when we were on the other side of the trial, we found ourselves made better for being kept through the trial.  And we knew that it was the trial that made us better and the keeping that revealed His love.

If you are in the middle of it right now…

He may not take you out, but I know that He will see you through.