By Michelle Hoffschneider
Most things we experience in life have a complete opposite.
Night and Day.
Positive and Negative.
Happy and Sad.
Love and Hate.
Rest and Exertion.
You can’t have one without experiencing the other; it is a world of duality. This rhythmic swing is very natural but most of us “prefer” one side more than the other. When it comes to the journey of rest many have felt this rhythmic swing.
You have been working hard to balance work and rest. Discovering the harmonious rhythm of sleep, stillness, solitude, and sabbath, you feel invincible and ready to conquer anything that comes your way.
But suddenly, the pendulum swings backwards.
Schedules change, parents become ill, cars break down, the list goes on. This swing shifts everything you’ve been working so hard to balance. A feeling of defeat, exhaustion, and grief invades your heart.
But what if we didn’t let these pendulum swings carry us away? What if we embraced the reality of these opposites and allowed them to flow in and out of our lives?
When we anchor ourselves in truth, hope, and love, our hearts become resilient to these polar swings. These moments test our faith, and how we respond shapes our mood for the day, the month, or even the year.
So, how will you respond to the next rhythmic swing in your life?
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. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.