Flux: Continuous change
Change. The ultimate shifts that cause us to become different. However, do things ever really stop changing? I’ve come to discover that change is simply part of the flow of things. Without change, we become stagnate, annoying and essentially purposeless.
Psalm 66:10 For you, God, tested us; you refined us like silver.
It is by this ever-moving process of change that we are refined. Through the intensity of heat in these moments, we find our sins being drawn the the surface and melting off. Never will running from the fire produce this kind of repentance. In it, though, there’s this element of unknown. I’ve oft found the next step to be fuzzy when I didn’t see this one coming, but I’m learning that it’s no excuse.
Flow: a steady, continuous stream of something
Never-ending. The calling to move onward against any and all odds. Not to be stopped by obstacles or confusion, but pushing forward without ceasing. But in this flow, do things really stay the same? As a stream flows down a mountain, the land changes, the wildflowers are different, it has to bend around the land to continue, as do we.
James 1:2-3 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
In this ever-changing process of movement, we grow. Through these trails we become who we were made to be. The elements of trials and opposition are much like the pain it takes to build muscle. As we run against the waves, they don’t seem so large and intimidating anymore. Though, as you push on towards deeper waters, the waves will still get taller. Take heart, though, for we are also growing stronger as we continue to push through.
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Perhaps the most important thing to remember in all of this is the reason behind it. If we begin to fight the waves or stand through the fire for our own personal gain, we will lose sight and we will sink.