It’s been 3 months exactly to the date, a complete 90-day fast of blogging and I must say that it is GREAT to be back. I embarked upon a much needed break from my life, taking 90 days off from blogging, 60 days off from Facebook, and just as much time away from twitter. WHY THE HIATUS? Because not only was I going through a lot emotionally with unforeseen tumultuous changes having profound effects on some of my relationships, but I was just moving in waters way too deep and I felt as though I was getting ready to drown.
Yesterday I preached a sermon about walking into the wealthy place and the subject of water came up: How life is like the rivers of living water. When we go against the current (flow) all we do is wear ourselves out with exhaustion only to be no further along than we originally were and in most instances when you try to swim against the current, you are pushed further back in the opposite direction. Then I drew the parallel that when you panic and fight the water, you eventually end up causing yourself to drown. When we swim with the current and go with the flow of where it is taking us, we may get tired but our stamina is increased as is our strength, and we eventually find ourselves at the place where the river flows out or to. Likewise, if we find that we are not in the place where we want to go along with it (assisting with our contribution in labor), we can certainly fall back from exerting energy and float. The flow of the current will then carry us to the same destination, it just may take a little longer. Either way we will get where we are meant to go, just by being joined with (being in) the river in the first place.
I found myself in a state of fear and panic a few months ago. I was beginning to drown and knew that the only way to save myself was to surrender to the buoyancy of the river and the cards life was dealing to me at that moment. Needless to say my surrender was met with a CUTTING OFF, a removal FROM and a removal OF many things. In its place was the substitution of TIME WITH ME and the Creator to regroup, rewind, and re-evaluate the position of people, places, things and my posture in life. As I am emerging from my reclusive state of hiatus and withdrawal, while some may believe it was the worst thing I could have possibly done for it was at the height of my popularity (once again); I know deep down inside it was the best thing I could have ever done for myself because sometimes you have to take a few steps backwards in order to reach that goal that takes you stepping out on faith by leaps and bounds.
So today, remember this: In this life you can fight the current and digress farther away from where you were always purposed to be, panic from fear and drown ending all hopes of achieving your goals, go with the flow and build strength on the way to your destiny, or fall back and relax as life carries you where you are meant to end up. Whatever you decide, make sure you DECIDE and don’t lose your SELF in the process!