Thursday, July 7, 2011

What makes you happy?

What makes you happy? What helps you enjoy life to the full, till it overflows?* What ways do you anesthesize pain in your life and pretend that all is well? In what ways do you resist God?

I don't know much but one thing I do know, it's is in the everydayness of life that aha moments happen.

Ladies walking a "lazy river" in a different community from mine.
This morning, I was doing one of my favorite things: walking the "lazy river" at the pool in our local rec center.  I go with the current, though.  Never against.  My knees (which are still recovering after a double knee replacement surgery 11 months ago) don't like resistance.

My daughter will tell you I can't walk straight on land where there is supposedly no resistance. Only God knows how I would walk against the current flow. With the flow, I'm dynamite!

This morning, I was watching several people get in the pool, come over to the lazy river and walk against the current.  What I took note of today was that they only walk one maybe two laps and then go sit in the hot tub. They do this every day.  But today, I noticed.
It was like God tapped me on the shoulder and said, "Did you see that?"  I'm not sure of the entire spiritual significance of what I saw. 

Here's what came to my mind immediately.  Sometimes we as people just make life too difficult.  We struggle and try to figure out something to help us not feel all the emotional ups and downs, some way to anesthesize not only pain, but even joy, lest it overwhelm us and make us believe we are not worthy of feeling so good.  You know all the stuff we try: alcohol, chemical addiction, prescription drugs, sex, pornography, food, chocolate, gossip, diet soda. OK, I know I could have gone all day without adding those last few.

In reality God is all about our good.  He desires our best even more than we do.  He says that He came that we might "have and enjoy life... to the full, till it overflows."*  In that same passage he tells us that the thief comes to wreak havoc in our lives.  I believe the "thief" uses our own desires to capture us and "steal, kill and destroy"* what God intended for us all along.

A lot of people today really resist submitting to anyone or anything, much less a Higher Power.  They will go to great measures to fill their life with everything else. The things they add weigh them down until they can't go another step.  It could be as easy, though. It could be as easy as going with the current, the wind of the Spirit of God.


Submitting may be disconcerting to some. But when that Higher Power loves you so much that He died for you that makes all the difference in the world.  And, He didn’t leave it at that. He rose again demonstrating He has power even over death. Even over our spiritually and emotionally dead souls.

I submit, then, that going any other direction, doesn’t make sense.  Does it?

Go with the flow.  Follow Jesus.

In what ways have you tried to resist and go against His current? How has that worked or not worked? Share your comments here or on facebook. Take a moment and become a follower of this blog. Click on the Networked blogs link on the right sidebar.

* John 10:10, Amplified Bible

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