Yesterday morning was one for the record books in the George house. My kids were at each other, I was trying to be patient and let them work things out but it got old. I stepped in. Leaving details out for my kids' sake, it was a rough one.
For most of my life I wanted life to be a plateau of easy sailing. I resisted the natural flux of life. It made me uncomfortable.
I wasn't thrilled with what happened yesterday but I now accept it is part of life. To expect my children to be at peace with each other at all times is unrealistic. I am embracing more and more that each day is full of peaks and valleys with plateaus along the way. Along the wild ride of life I have a choice:
Will I allow the waves to take me on a ride or will I ride the waves with grace?
For so long I allowed the ups and downs of life to take me on a ride. I floated along during the calm seas , I let the waves bring me up high and when the waves crashed, I would fall beneath the surface struggling for air.
Choosing to invite God beside me in life has been my saving grace. Rather than swimming solo through the waters, I have chosen to climb into God's boat and trust him to guide me through the waves of life. I am growing to see that there is a lesson behind every experience, I just need to be still enough to see it and open enough to learn from it.
I can see how the highs can teach me humility and gratitude, the plateaus teach me patience and gentleness and the low times, like yesterday, can be a lesson in compassion, forgiveness and self-control.
Every experience can be used to refine us and build us up into a stronger version of ourselves if we are willing.
As you ride the waves on your life's journey, I invite you to...
Pause. Breathe. Pray.
Consider accepting God's invitation to ride with him through the waves. Trust that you don't have to let the waves of life take you on a ride but that it is possible to ride the waves with grace.