Life Happens in the Extremes
A hand pulls it back. The pendulum swings–back and forth. It’s been disturbed from its comfortable position. It may seem to the weight that it is careening out of control, but the string reaches the end of its arc and heads back the other direction, ready to repeat it all again.
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I’ve felt like this many times. We are fed a line that life is all about balance. We have to keep everything perfectly set so that you get the best out of your life. It all sounds pretty good, and really who likes being swept up in all this swinging from one extreme to another? There’s all this anxiety and feelings of being out of control, but I figured out that these things are necessary and not God (or life) being cruel.
That doesn’t mean it’s not uncomfortable, but I now see why we shouldn’t fear the extremes so much.
Sometimes it takes a jarring to wake us up, to rouse us from our comfortable routines and positions. It can be a circumstance or situation. It can be a promotion or new position of leadership. It can be a relationship, friendship, or mentorship.
All we know is for better or worse, we are pushed to the end of the line and we are forced to make decisions. Life is not balanced, but it is in rhythm.
Think about it: when is the only time you’re going to be perfectly balanced in life? When you’re dead. Everything then will be decided and untouchable, but for now, we have opportunity to grow, transform, learn, adapt, advance, get knocked down, get back up again (you’re never gonna keep me down), fail, achieve, and so much more.
This is what life is all about.
The most dramatic change happens when you’re off balance.
I think about the most “extreme” extreme of all–turning your life, desires, and heart over to Jesus. You recognize you can’t do with it what He can, that you fall short but He gives grace. By faith, you’re forgiven of sins and receive the love lavished upon you that you would be called a child of God. You choose death so that you can live.
How balanced does that sound?
I don’t mean to say there aren’t minor corrections or smaller lessons, but nobody has a problem with those. We get antsy about those extremes, but we can trust God.
According to Philippians 1:6, He who started the good work in you (feel the breeze as you swing) will continue and perfect it (and we’re swinging the other direction). He’s producing great things in us.
What do you think? Am I right or wrong? Have you found God (and change) in the extremes?
This post is included as part of the One Word blog carnival hosted by Peter Pollock where this time the topic is Swings. Head on over to read all the posts there.