Friday, August 27, 2010

The Constant

There was a point mid-summer that I felt so expectant, anticipating good things and excited for what was to come.

Then a couple of weeks later I felt frustrated, discouraged. The circumstances hadn't really changed, but my outlook had. I wondered where the movement was, where was what I had hoped for?

Then still a couple weeks later I found myself steadfast, hoping and expectant again but in a different way. Not necessarily for things I could see, but for things I couldn't see.

The reality is that in all three of those very different mini-seasons, not much about the circumstances around me had changed.
I was praying for breakthrough, and not seeing any specific evidence of it.
But I was sensing things I couldn't necessarily see.
My soul was affected by what was beneath the lack of visible movement.

The one constant during those times and the times to come?
My Creator.
My time with Him.
The ebb and flow of living life in a relationship with the One who knows me so well.

My emotions will change, even when circumstances don't.
I will sense what's going on around me, even in so much of what I can't see.
When circumstances don't seem to visibly change, I'm still greatly aware of things going on that aren't on the surface apparent.
And that will affect my emotions. The ones my Maker placed in me so I will experience the fullness of the life He has given.

But, the constant is Him.
My time with Him.
Our relationship.
My foundation.

In the midst of it all, as I keep that as my constant, I will persevere.

"...pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition..."
Ephesians 6:18

(My little outdoor quiet place. You can't see it, but Pike's Peak is in that picture, beyond the tree.
Do you have a place?)

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