Has something ever “quit” you? It can be the best thing that ever happened to you! Or the worst, depending on how you look at it.
I once heard Byron Katie, author of Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life, say that smoking quit her. So did overeating and depression — but only after she started questioning her thoughts and beliefs about herself and the world.
Sometimes things like smoking, overspending, self-abuse, gambling or gossiping quit us. Sometimes people quit us by leaving, dying, or even just changing. Sometimes they grow up and away…even when we want them to stay here and near.
Change — and death — is the natural order of life. I’ve often wondered why we fear change and death so much; it is the only constant thing in this world! Change isn’t just normal, it’s also healthy and life-giving.
Both change and death bring the possibility of new life. Without a change of some type, new life isn’t even possible! Something has to shift in order for something new to be born. If nothing changes — or dies — then nothing new can be brought forth.
When the Wind Shifts
Are you in the habit of clinging to the past? Do you dislike, fear, or even hate when your life changes? Maybe you ignore shifts in the wind even when you smell or see change coming. Instead of flexing and adapting like a willow, you woodenly and stubbornly cling to your idea of how life should be.
When you cling to the past, you clutch ghosts, skeletons and dry husks.
The world has changed, yes. Your life will never be the same. But along with all the trials, traumas and tribulations, something new and fresh is blowing in! Look — listen — do you not perceive it? If you open the window and poke your head out, you will see that the world is just as beautiful as she always was. Different, yes. Better? Who knows. But alive and well. Maybe even stronger and truer than ever before.
Lately I’ve been sensing the winds of change blowing through my own life. I am discovering life-changing ideas and insights. I feel light and twirly, like I have stars and moonbeams shooting out of my fingertips. I feel so good, like I was when God first created me — before the walking wounded left their fingerprints all over me.
Echoes Fading Away
For several weeks I’ve been sensing Echoes of Joy quitting me. I’m uncomfortable with the “Echoes of Jesus” and echoingjesus.com labels because I’m not an evangelical Christian. I’m not teaching Scripture or Christianity in the traditional church ways, so it feels disingenuous to wear the Jesus badge.
I follow Jesus Christ, feel infused with the Holy Spirit, and trust the Lord God with all my heart, soul and mind. My faith has not wavered! But I’m not Biblically echoing Jesus and I don’t want to mislead anyone.
And so the season for Echoes of Joy has come and gone. I don’t know if or when a new type of weekly email correspondence will breeze into our lives — but if it does, you will be the first to know! I will write an article here, on BlossomTips.com, and everywhere.
In the meantime…take good, good care of yourself. What does your body, heart and spirit need? Be still. Listen. Put your ear to your soul and listen.
Let something quit you if it no longer serves or uplifts. God will nudge and prompt you. The Spirit will blow something fresh into your life! Don’t wait until the wind dies down before you take action…because the wind will never blow this way again.
With His love,
P.S. If you feel like something or someone “quit” you and you can’t let go, read Is the Past Haunting You? How to Find Peace and Freedom.
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