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Topic: Like a Fish Out of Water (10/24/13)
TITLE: Battlefield Of Daily Living
By Debbie Rutter
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I flounder about in a sea of turmoil. Challenging the daily waves that threaten to lower me into a darkened place, to unleash me into a void of nothingness. I need to draw breath and view my surroundings without the current barraging me, forcibly directing me into a never land of indecision and uncertainty.
I yearn for the essential element of human life, air. A moment to inflate my lungs, to pull back into myself the bellows of oxygen that is capable of flooding my mind with critical life, seconds that can render me helpless or harnessed with energy and clarity.
The intensity of choice, without time to discern, flings me to the depths of despair and desire to retreat unto my place of sanctuary. To seek a place where time stands still, a place where I can organize my thoughts and direct my dreams, a place where my path has been cleared and all forms of assaulters have been rendered useless, a place where I can rest and find peace within the battlefield of daily living.
So many alien forces threaten to chain me upon the ocean floor where I cannot escape, where I cannot breathe, where all light has been filtered and dulled until my view is stilled by the covering of water mirroring back at me, confirming my fragile battle-scarred self.
This must be who I am! I have fought so long within the jungle of my life, trying to escape the familiar, that which had adhered to me and absorbed into my being, seeking out the place in me that is the Ark of my truth, that which is me, my soul. Have I become a shell, a place where the life’s waters infiltrates all of my layers, life that comes and goes with the ebb and flow of life’s changes, challenges and altered dreams?
I see my mirrored image as the gentle rock of the surface water’s reduces me into fragmented facets. Here I have found my time. Here I can look back at my life and witness all the destruction and construction that life has offered me. It is here within this discernment that I can clarify my choices, my weaknesses, my fears and my desires. It is now that I can define the generosity of life, the wealth of wisdom that has been offered to me and I can find myself within the jungle that challenges me.
Rest easy my soul. God held me in his arms and raised me beyond the waves and misted waters that suppressed me. The layers that existed beyond my true self have been left behind to remain among the victims of life that the ocean has accepted. I have become cleansed. I am renewed in faith. My eyes beheld the majestic light of Christ and I breathed in, filling my lungs with the sweet, fresh air of hope and obtainable love. I am at peace, I flounder no more.
Daily challenges may threaten me but I have come to see the truth of who I am and it is through this truth that I am capable of unleashing the love and peace that has freed me, liberated me with the new found strength of hope, that which is Jesus.
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