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A faith filled thought while riding the waves of life
My journey on the waves
Where writing was surely not my forte, after spending many years as a rehabilitation therapist, I received a life-changing diagnosis that caused me to make a three hundred and sixty-degree turn in my life from caregiver and therapist to patient.
While overwhelmed I found myself turning to expression in written form as a great solace in my circumstance. Concerned that self-pity could have set up camp in my mind I sought a way to cope. I then felt a spiritual call to share life’s stages with a writing ministry and I responded.
This adventure took me outside of my comfort zone, as grammar and context editing are a nightmarish reality in my world, as are the ongoing physical and emotional changes in myself. However, my heart and soul have pushed me to open up in new ways, hopefully, with a Godly focus praying, always, that sharing the many stages of me could somehow bring comfort to others.
We are all on this life stage and sharing our journey on the waves is often how we get through to the other side of interruption. I am humbled by all of the stages of other's and very much enjoy sharing the stage with all of you.
The Stages Of ME
All stages are transforming, the roles and scenery constantly changing, at the same time, there's not one stage or life role, that is, or wasn't significant. Each one is an opportunity for growth in our individual faith walk.
I really hope not be considered some preachy goofball with a lofty presentation. I am anything but that! I am a real person flawed, yet with talents, strength and of course weaknesses the same as every human. However, I refuse to deny the beauty of my weaknesses. I have found that it has been in my significant brokenness that God has changed my heart and filled me up with His Spirit. In the worst of times, and I assure you there have been some very challenging situations, as is expected on this life stage but, He has been there as my confidant, my strength, my companion in moments of complete darkness and He will be there for you as well. It was in those unique stages that I realized that while life will continue to be a stage with confusion and ridiculous scenes, He will direct me through them.
I pray we embrace God's direction at every stage, placing our trust in Him allows us the production of a lifetime, we can help one another on the ride holding to that focal point.
The loudness and deconstruction in our world are overwhelming but remember we are never alone in this life stage. We have an awesome God, and we have each other. We are all together existing in a vacuum of experiential learning. Life is throwing situations at us minute to minute as one sits laughing waiting for us to topple over or succumb to our weaknesses. Let him laugh because we are not alone and we have the best cheerleaders in one another if we keep our focus on the final curtain call.
Perhaps, you're feeling like your drowning or only floating, barely making it, sometimes faking it, just keep riding the wave eventually we will all get to shore, don't fear, no matter what, you're not alone. There is an amazing life raft in every wave, He goes before you and behind and lifts you up, His name is Jesus!
Riding a wave in this life stage
An ocean wave is an amazing sight, however, if you're most people, you tiptoe into the water inching your way past the break of the rolling barrel of water hovering over your head about to pounce! The adventurous will run with reckless abandon and jump or dive right in with a joyful leap. Either route you choose takes you to the same point because you always have to go a little farther to get past the mountain-like wall of water heading toward you.
As you face this mountain, either head on or tediously looking back in guarded position, your heart will race just a bit. In your mind you know just over that wall is where you reach the calming and gentle sea that will soothingly sway you up and down in its magnificence. Once in this place of calm, you must stay focused and alert, for there is work that is ongoing even in the calm. Work, focusing on the Lifeguard that keeps you from being taken out to an unsafe area where you might get lost at sea. If you find yourself slipping out beyond the waves don’t panic just look up to get your bearings and get back to your focal point.
After the description of this spectacular scene can you see how it resembles our relationship with God? He is so welcoming and ever-present. He allows us to choose how to come into relationship with Him.
He says, "Come as you are, there is no right or wrong way for I love you and my love is unconditional." Once there in His grip, you are calmed. However, remember the walls of water, the mountains of life will still present themselves. "Don't tell your God about your mountain, tell your mountain about your God!" keep your eye's on Him, you can glide past these challenges and feel His arms strengthening you in times of trouble.
Trust and believe in His promises put on His armor and you will not be lost. When amongst the waves He is there to help you stay afloat. If you start to fall away the Holy Spirit whispers you back in between the green safety flags, before your Lifeguard, who is God your Father. It is really quite simple when you understand that He has created us and He has given us all we need. How lucky are we to be His beautiful creations in His beautiful reality? The reality is He is there just waiting for you to reach for Him amongst the waves He has the life raft you're seeking.
Yikes I have been slammed!!!
Mama, did say there'd be days like this!
You will get slammed, sorry it's gonna happen. I wish I could tell you once you trust God everything will be easy but I would be lying. In fact, it may get a bit more tedious as that power to push you to your breaking point may grow stronger.
See, once your strength comes from Christ within you, there is a force that will encourage separation from that comfort. Don't let it confuse you keep your focus.
But, no matter what we can get back up with our awesome God!
You can do it with God!
Life good and bad will comes at you ready to knock you down but, remember who gets you back up. He will lift you over the waves and will be with you at every stage of this life performance. He will also be right there at that final curtain call. He's awesome like that. He keeps getting us back up, so keep your focus on Him and Peace in your future stages.
© 2011 The Stages Of ME