It has occurred to me today, that God sometimes pushes or pulls us through various stages of our lives. Actually. since He’s present at every stage, I am referring to ones specifically for His plan. Some stages or periods of time– years maybe– are smooth, easy and tranquil. They are full of possibilities, sunshine and brightness. And He is there enjoying it along side of us as we bask in the warm glow of goodness.
And then it seems He feels it is time to bring us out of that, to maybe bring us back. Perhaps we have grown complacent. I can be guilty of that. Perhaps we have stepped over to sin. Perhaps we have rebelled. Whatever we have done or not done, it is now time for God to shake us out of our happy little tranquility daze.
And it occurred to me He often does this by bodily throwing us into a storm-tossed sea. I have a wallpaper picture on the computer of a clipper ship under sail. It’s in the dark, swirling waters all around, waves breaking over the bow, threatening clouds, flashing lighting and the ship, so big and strong, is helplessly tossed like a toy in the storm.
Ah, how many times do I go back there? Feel like that? Several, that’s why I keep the picture. Way too many times I have felt just like that clipper ship being tossed to and fro in the storms of life.
But God seems to take us there for a purpose. And by deliberate design. I thought about it and sometimes it’s a physical illness or condition. Sometimes it is work or job related. Sometimes it’s family issues. Sometimes it could be the result of really bad choices. There could be lots of reasons we get tossed out into the storm. Either way, God has now taken us out there to the deep end of the storm and dropped us off–sink or swim time– or something like that.
We can flounder and fight it out on our own. We probably won’t get far. We probably will end up going down with the ship. Yeah, I’ve done that before, metaphorically speaking. Or we can learn to depend on Him through faith, believing that this period of insanity is serving some Higher purpose Believing He is still with us in the height of the storm just as He was way back in the glow of goodness.
And, in the end, once we finally make it make it back to calmer waters, hopefully we have used that time in the storm to grow in our understanding of God, grown closer to Him, grown wiser in life and His plan for our life and maybe impacted others around us, witnessing our struggles.
Then the cycle seems to continue. We get to experience that soothing period of tranquility. We can catch our breath. Hopefully we don’t become complacent or wayward. Because up ahead there is a waterfall, a big one, and it is going to plunge us straight into the deep end of the maelstrom again.