One of my favorite memories is having spent a week on Cape Cod with my family. Every morning we would hike out to an isolated spot on the peninsula to enjoy the ocean. As it was low tide, we could explore the shallow areas for magical sea creatures. As the tide began to rise, we needed to move closer to shore to avoid the water. We moved to higher ground as the waves began to claim the shallow areas we had been exploring. We even had to move our blankets and beach chairs.
Just like the ocean, our lives also have ebbs and flows. There are times when we are in shallow waters that are easy to navigate, and there are times when we are in deep waters that take a lot of energy even to survive. There are times when we are full and times when we are empty. I think we tend to forget that we are human and we, just like the ocean, have beautiful rhythms in our lives. Some we can control, but many we cannot. Where we fall off the tracks is thinking that we control everything. We become so reliant on ourselves we begin to lose sight of what God has in mind for us. When we learn to trust God’s timing and will for each of us, and when we learn to trust the rhythms and ebbs and flows, we find true freedom.
Wherever you are today, whatever your troubles, my hope for you is that they pass just as surely as the tides rise and fall. Take a breath, and trust the rhythm in your life and the plan God has for you.
I would love to hear about your journey. We learn so much in a community and sharing with each other. Please post a comment about the ebbs and flows of your life.