Tuesday, September 11, 2007

It's Getting Hot in Here

No, I'm not having a hot flash. More like a continued hot baking going on. That's because our basement somewhat flooded when my husband was working on the boiler. This happened several days ago, and he's had to dry out the basement using a dehumidifier and fans. They've been running for days and it creates extra heat that's rising to the main floor- and there you have me, sweating, heated up, and its not because of passion for life!

It also gets hot every time you go through a crisis. I should say, "a turning point". Which leads me to a little quote I want to throw in here. Just got this in an e-newsletter last night. Valerie Burton, Life Coach, sends these out, free, and you can subscribe by going to www.valorieburton.com.

I just wrote, the other day, about one of the definitions of crisis: A crucial or decisive point or situation; a turning point.

And then here I get her e-newsletter, and this is one of the things she ends with:

"Notice the turning point that is occurring in your life right now. Make a decision to go with the flow rather than resist the tides of change."

It's rather hard NOT to notice the turning point! Things get chaotic, scary, perplexing. What you may have to seek hard to notice is the DIRECTION you should take at the upcoming turning point.

It's also good advice to "go with the flow". There is something to be said for being malleable, going with the flow- unless the flow takes you down the drain!!

We need wisdom in discerning whether something is God's flow or whether it's the flow of negativism, despair, confusion, leading to apathy, leading to giving up- I don't want to go with THAT flow, that chain of events.

Valerie is right- don't resist the tides of change. Change is good. Often it is sooo needed. But let me add, the tides of change can come in like a strong wave and grab you and pull you out to a sea of confusion, and in the midst of things, you can resist going down, resist going under- and well you should. Fight to keep your head above water. Fight. But don't fight the flow of necessary breaking away from the old, the outdated, the "over". For some of us, we just need to take a deep breath, look at that thing that mocks us and tries to get us to remember we once had something- and say,"It's over. Now onto the New".

What we need to go with is the whisper of God's touch, the burning bush that signals us to take off our sandals, the storm that suddenly appears even while Jesus is sleeping in our boat- and we should know "God is here. He's right with us". That's the flow we want to go with- even when all hell seems to be breaking loose.

When God says, "Get ready for a ride" he means get ready. It may start to get very hot. Old stuff may have to be shaken loose.

If you're at a turning point in your life, as I am, get ready to take a turn. It's up ahead. Do you see it?

Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19


Angie said...

reminds me of the chorus~

something beautiful
something good
all my confusion
He understood

All I had to offer Him
was brokenness and strife
but He made something
beautiful of my life...

Oh how glad I am for that turning point!

And the thing is...He's still doing it!

Thanks for sharing that article. Really good!

Clarissa said...

Thanks for the blog. I'm at a turning point in my life and feeling uncertain of what's ahead. It's easier to hold on to the familiar, the comfortable, instead of walking into the unknown. As you mentioned in your blog 'Redeeming Your Past':

If I do not let myself get stirred up by a dream, I can tend my little fire of glowing coals...I can sit by a little warmth, stay warmed enough to be content...until the fire goes out completely.

Yet, I don't want to miss the 'New' that the Lord has for my life. I will look ahead, recognize the enemy for who he is, and walk into what the Lord has destined for my life.

God bless, and continue to share your words with the world.