The Tide Comes In and the Tide Goes Out, 8-4-14

May 18, 2016 | by: Pastor Jonathan Riddle | 0 comments

Tags: Life at the Cross

God can give you more blessings than you need, and you will always have plenty of everything. You will have enough to give to every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8

jonathan167Recently we celebrated the life of a dear saint, Carolyn Trosdal. Over the years she kept a journal of reflections on life. One reflection was read at her funeral, which I asked to share because Carolyn often saw the blessings even in the hardest of times:

"The tide comes in and the tide goes out. When I was younger, I much preferred the high tide. It was more beautiful to me. The river was wider. It was the best time to swim, to sail, to ski, to surf, to fish. Compare it to an emotional high.

"When I was younger, low tide wasn't as pretty and there weren't as many fun things to do. The shrimping and crabbing were better but that was about all. Compare it to an emotional low.

"As I have grown older, I have come to realize the beauty of the lows as well as the highs. Now, low tide means the sandbar appears and that means the gathering of friends. The children can play more safely at low tide, searching for shells and fiddler crabs. Low tide is the best time to teach skiing to others as the water is smoother and the bars are there to swim to after the skier has taken off on his own. It provides time of giving of oneself to others. The emotional lows are the times of greatest growth and insight into one's self...the time of greatest learning and reflection. Without the lows, the highs wouldn't mean what they do.

Highs and lows, joy and suffering, cyclical, constant...the river...God's love...my life."

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Always be full of joy. Never stop praying. Whatever happens, always be thankful. This is how God wants you to live in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Glorify God and enjoy Him forever,

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