One of the many lessons the ocean provides is the ebb and flow of tides. The rise and fall of each tidal visit deposits both trash and treasures upon the shore. So it is with people that come in and out of our lives. Some are with us throughout our lifetime; others are merely passing through for a moment. Yet each person can be a divine gift in one way or another. Even the most painful of relationships deposit unexpected blessings and valuable lessons, leaving needed wisdom on the bank for our future use. I am convinced that God orchestrates these seemingly random comings and goings in ways we do not now understand, but one day will. Dearest Lord, thank You for the ebb and flow of people in my life. May I also be used to deposit value and blessing into the lives of others.
John Bunyan’s “The Pilgrim's Progress from This World, to That Which Is to Come” is an allegory written while he was imprisoned for his Christian beliefs. Until we reach the Golden Gates of Heaven we must progress in our walk of faith here on earth. Each time I think I understand God’s ways and means He turns the diamond and new facets of His splendor emerge. For the true believer there is no spiking the ball in the end zone on this side of Glory; there is no settling down where we are in this life. Not only am I tolerant of this constantly changing status, I am genuinely thankful for it. I am being pulled toward eternal purpose that I cannot fathom but I instinctively know awaits me. So I’ll keep my shoes on until it’s over. Lord, though I struggle in Your arms, You never let me go. Keep me moving toward Your perfect will. Help me never miss a turn or stop unnecessarily. Keep me progressing toward Your perfect will.