At the business, a guard dog came out from underneath a car and decided to have my leg for lunch. When I looked at the pool of blood on the ground, I called to God. Instantly, I felt the peace of Philippians 4:7 American King James Version “which passes all understanding.”
Fast forward, and through my recovery, a friend invited me to a local bible study. I went. At the study, I could tell by the actions of the participants that they had a relationship with God. Herein, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Not only did my leg get saved, but I felt rescued too as in a deeper level of passion and purpose for God and His plan.
As the 2017 New Year begins, I have taken time like I am sure many of us have, to reflect upon life’s journey. For me, the year did not start as I expected. While I had hoped for more work in my career, I received less classes to teach due to low enrollments. My art started to cause me more stress than serenity. I wanted to pull my hair out with my writing and overall, I felt like a wreck and kind of still do! The quotation “three steps forward, two steps back,” daily resounded.
Meanwhile, on one trip to the art store, the cashier stated he felt like he was spinning his wheels that day. I said, “How about a week or more? Life sure does ebb and flow!” I didn’t want to diminish his sentiments, but to reiterate the constant shifts in the daily sea that we all experience. While I am normally a positive person, I lamented, “My life has seemed to do more ebbing than flowing.” We both agreed!
As I thought more about my life’s adventures, I decided to remind myself to “embrace the ebbs.” Yes, I made a commitment that when I get discouraged as the currents of life recede, that I would boldly state “embrace the ebbs,” and then add “let the peace of God pour.” While I still sometimes feel that I have taken “three steps forward and two steps back,” in my mind, I take myself back to my low tide of long ago when I almost lost my appendage. I then say, “Thank you God, that I have two legs on which to walk.” Heck, I might even learn to surf and I am sure the subsided waters will be a great place to start!
This month, if you feel like you have stepped back rather than moved forward, remember to “embrace the ebbs.” Many times, our slow surges can be a great time to solidify or even shift our life. Most importantly, let God guide you through the deep and let Him dispense His peace.