Where do you go in the middle of hardships?
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters” (Genesis 1)
Don’t stop reading, let me explain:
I am not trying to make you believe the way I do about faith. I have simply found first words matter. In a Book found to stand the test of time, it’s worth considering what it has to say.
In times of transitions, I go to nature to gain a broader perspective.
I thought on this passage as I waded out in the Gulf of Mexico Fathers Day weekend. The Alabama Gulf Coast isn’t known for its intimidating waves. This Father’s Day was different.
My son, my dad, and my brother braved the waters with me, slinging our bodies and a riding a wave to shore. For generations, we’ve always returned to the water together as a family. Every time I go back to the water, I gain strength.
Waves encapsulate and pummel us, gaining strength with each push of the water. If we intentionally position our lives in the water, the force makes us stronger too.
As you face hardships, solve problems or create, lean into it. Sling your body into the hard work and gain the strength you need.
I wonder if God in creation was hovering over the water considering how he would create the Earth. He knew the struggles that would come in creation. He deemed it worth it.
What strong forces are working against you? Will the end result be worthy of the struggle? Who knows, this deep work may give you the strength and creativity for your most significant work yet. The kind of strength you’ll need to make a comeback.