Ebb and Flow of Life

Abide in Me, and I in You.
                John 15:4a

We are undercover passion on the run
Chasing love up against the sun
We are strangers by day, lovers by night
Knowing it’s so wrong, but feeling so right
Don’t want nothing to be wrong with part-time lover
Stevie Wonder

Life, with all the circumstances we face and sometimes struggle with, seems to ebb and flow. Like an unseen breeze that rushes in and then calms for the moment, we feel the air intrude on our senses and we know the touch on our skin will fade and come again in its own time.

So many of our experiences follow this same pattern.   We get excited about time with a friend or loved one, knowing we need to really feel those moments together and try to enjoy them because soon we will be alone with only memories of fun and laughter. Could be a struggle with health or even knowing we have a short time to live.   Feelings of fear get replaced with contentment as we settle into anger over our lot in life and then acceptance of a greater picture unfolding, knowing God’s hand guides and directs our every step.

Perhaps our greatest challenge in life comes from the way we get accustomed to things ushering in and subsiding. Ponder for a moment what God, who loves you with endless abandon and no limits, wants in fellowship with you. Does He want, for example, a morning, fifteen minute devotional followed by only intermittent awareness of His presence throughout the day? That’s ebb and flow. Or rather, does He hope for an abiding life within your heart and spirit where you can’t stop thinking of Him? Where you find your calm and joy and inspiration in the mere fact that He never leaves your side. Not even for a moment.

This week, try to replace ebbs and flows with a consistent awareness of His presence in your life. See Him in all the moments that fill up your day and acknowledge that He’s always there hoping to touch your soul with love and purpose. Remember, God isn’t a part-time lover. He’s a full-time lover. Truly full-time.

 

 

 

 

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About Doug and Leslie Gustafson, MFT's

As writers, speakers, therapists and coaches, our mission centers on working with men, women and couples who want a more fulfilling life by living out their true vision and passion. We have written the book Amazing Intimacy - Create A Spectacular Marriage In and Out of the Bedroom as a how to guide for love, sex and passion. Ultimately, we all have an incredible potential we have only partially discovered and fulfilled. This brief journey in life gives us the opportunity to realize and pursue this exciting potential.
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