I went fishing this week. The pond was small, the sky was blue, the water was calm. It was breathtakingly peaceful. For a while the surface of the water was like glass, perfectly reflecting the shore line. We watched a pelican floating nearby and a beaver gnawing a stick. The peace was almost tangible. Then we did what we came to do… and started fishing. The first cast put a little tiny hook into the water and the crystal clear reflection shattered into a picture that no longer made sense.
Sometimes life is like that too. The peace we crave can be elusive and when we find it we want to soak in it and wrap ourselves up in it like a blanket. And then life goes on, because there are jobs to do, bills to pay and people who need our attention. We start to do the things we are supposed to do and the peace shatters and the picture no longer makes sense and we wonder what we did wrong.
Sometimes the answer is that we’ve done nothing wrong. The tiny ripple started by the fish hook entering the water seemed to change everything, but eventually the water calmed and as we continued to fish the clear reflection returned. Each time we cast out a hook the picture was momentarily obscured and then returned.
As we move through life we will experience times when we are sure we are doing the right things but the perfectly clear picture shatters into something unrecognizable and we wonder what has gone wrong. This pattern is normal if we are continuing to grow as a person and accept new challenges along the way. The peace will return, the picture will come into focus again as we continue to do the things we know we are supposed to do.
I have a daily practice of reading the Bible and I have come to love the scriptures. There is a verse that I find meaning in and read often.
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
Galatians 6:9 NLT
If you are in a season where the reflection is all messed up by something that was not a catastrophe, just a normal thing you were supposed to be doing… hang in there. The picture will become clear again.
As we continue to care for these children the actions of the other mother have caused some ripples. The picture is not so clear right now. The peace has been disrupted and uncertainty looms. We will continue to do the things we know we should do and trust that the picture will come into focus again.
In the midst of the mess