May 1, 2020, 11:00 PM

 

Balance… this week I have been thinking about balance. It seems like one of those unreachable goals. What is balance? What would it look like in our lives? If we find it how to we keep it? 

 

I loved the seesaw as a kid and enjoyed playing on it until I realized that it mattered who was on the other end. What I mean is, if the other kids was about your size it was fun and we could go up and down until someone’s legs got tired. If you were the big kid you and a little kid was on the other end you would have to use your legs to balance and push yourself up for hem come down. It was more work. If you were the little kid it is a blast to go up and down as the big kid launches you higher than you could have gone by yourself. Sometimes as we go old a kid would stand in the middle and help push down on the sides as they needed help. Balance, do you remember that moment when you would hit the balance on the seesaw and you would look in the eyes of the other person and smile? 

 

I think I have been on a seesaw the last month or so. Up and down most of time with a partner but sometimes with work, kids, and changes I feel very heavy and like my legs are working over time to keep things moving. I think I have been trying to do a lot of this on my own, with my own strength. My legs are powerful but they still get tired. As I have contemplated the idea of balance this week I was stuck by the quote from Julian of Norwich from Revelations of Divine Love “Truth sees God, and wisdom contemplates God, and from these two comes a third, a holy and wonderful delight in God, who is love.”

 

If Truth is on one end of the seesaw and Wisdom is on the other, could God be the delight in the middle that loves us enough to provide the moments of balance and helps to push on the side that is lighter to help us along with the heavery things? 

 

1 Corinthians 13:13 – And now these three things remain: faith, hope and love. And the greatest of these is love. 

During this time of uncertainty we have hope that things will get better on one side on the opposite side we have faith but it maybe wavering due to the hurt, sickness, overworking, changes, and pain. In the middle of the seesaw is love. 

 

Jeremiah 29:11 - For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Prosper on one side and harm on the other with God providing hope and a future in this seesaw description. 

 

God loves you and his love never ends even in the unbalance of life as we seek balance in him. He is the balance because he is love. 

 

Dear Lord, help us to find you in the unbalance and balance in life. Help us to seek your love and love our neighbors. Help those that are heavy burdened to find rest and restoration in you. Help those that feel your joy share that with others. Lord help us to love during the unbalanceness of life. Amen.