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Wanting and having. Seeking and finding. Losing and gaining. Hurting and healing. Longing and releasing. These are the waves of life that toss mankind to and fro, like the waves that swell before me on the lake. I seem to spend lots of time looking for still water as I go through life – glassy, mirror-like, unruffled, and calm – but in reality, I know that static living is not all it is cracked up to be.
Life without challenge is not only boring, but empty. Life without struggle is, simply put, death.
It is the pulsing, the moving to and fro in life that lends dimension and meaning - not treading water or floating without direction in an inner tube. Life is all about growth and change and becoming, not about maintenance and consistency.
I look out over the water, tossing playfully as the wind urges it across the length of the lake, and realize that it responds freely – without resistance or defiance. It goes where the wind directs, without question. Unable to will itself, it simply follows.
Tonight the wind might turn, and begin pushing the other direction. Or, it might relax, and promote an aura of stillness before the next push. Whatever the case, the water will respond, and move, and affect the environment accordingly.
I want to be as flexible, as ready, as free from personal expectation. I want to move through life, guided by grace – and responsive to the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
copyright 2005 Beth Muehlhausen
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