This week I pondered the flow of life.
Sometimes it is a gentle canoe ride on a placid lake.
Other times it seems you’re attempting to surf a tsunami.
This video cracks me up, perfectly characterizing my life these last couple of weeks:
Life is replete with rather dull moments; the comfortable hum-drum of morning coffee, work, gym, food – rinse and repeat.
Suddenly, epic moments arise when a portal opens in the universe. You can either muster up the courage to walk through or stand by, indecisively…and watch the window of opportunity close.
These moments are not so gentle, yet are still a part of the flow of life.
So how do you know if you should go with the flow and take the risk?
There’s an uncanny peace to the flow of life.
You’re not trying to make it happen; you aren’t freaked out or driven by it; yes, there are butterflies associated with the risk, but they are not born of desperation.
There is a quiet knowing within you that urges you forward.
Someday soon I will share what is happening in my own life; it’s still too fresh and raw to comment on because it doesn’t just involve me and I respect the privacy of those who are also involved.
But I liken it to the parting of the Red Sea.
It has been said that the waters didn’t part for Moses and the children of Israel to walk through until Moses took that first step of faith into the water.
The flow of life and the promise of his God was that he would lead the children of Israel into the promised land. He didn’t know how they would cross that sea, but he knew deep inside that the One who had promised would make a way.
So, risky as it was, he took that first step.
Swoosh! (Have you ever seen the movie that shows how the sea divided into water walls on the left and right? Powerful stuff.)
I wonder if some of the crew marveled at this wonder but said, “No way. I’m not walking through that!”
And who could blame them?
On the other hand, Pharaoh was checking out Moses and those who fled with a huge, “How DARE they!”
They dared, because they knew a better life awaited them – and the risk to remain was more painful than the risk to go.
Going with the flow of life is an act of obedience. It’s a decision to stop trying to shove a square peg in a round hole.
And it is entirely personal.
What is unconscionable to you may be someone else’s passport to freedom.
Judge not, lest you be judged.
If you can imagine your life happy WITHOUT going for it, don’t.
If you can only imagine yourself tormented by “What ifs” if you don’t take that step, please, take the path of peace and that first step. Watch the waters miraculously part.
Here’s my pre-recorded recollection of a professional risk that landed me in the emergency room and the new Word of the Week:
I sent this card recently to some key people:
There’s nothing like the people who rise up and support you when you need it most. Let love in this week – and if tempted to judge, consider that supporting a friend doesn’t have to mean you agree with them.
Love is the constant.