In an email to a friend who lives far away, I recently remarked how things had been "crazy" that week. Right about then, I realized how often I pin that word "crazy-busy" to my week or life at the moment. It got me thinking that maybe all that craziness is life.
But that didn't completely ring true. So I decided a better comparison would be the ocean, with its high and low tides. Life is a lot like that - there are periods of high tide, full of challenge or intense activity, and there are periods of low tide, full of calm and rest. I'd even venture to say we may have times of high and low tide within a day, just like the ocean.
As much as I think I would like to live perpetually in calm waters, I'm starting to recognize we need both types of tide in our lives. While the intense times can be tough physically and emotionally, those are typically times of growth, too, times of smoothing out our roughness. Plus, the intensity of high tide can help us appreciate the calming times of low tide all the more.
Though I don't live anywhere near the ocean, whenever we do visit the beach, I collect shells. I love seashells! To me, there is something awesome and beautiful about them.
These shells have been subject to both high and low tides, as well as wind and sand and sun. I believe God intended for us to turn out every bit as awesome and beautiful - from weathering the different tides in our lives.
How's your week been so far? Feeling like you're in the middle of high tide or low tide?
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