Archive for March, 2020

Seas and Islands

“With my mother’s death all settled happiness, all that was tranquil and reliable, disappeared from my life.  There was to be much fun, many pleasures, many stabs of Joy; but no more of the old security.  It was all sea and islands now; the great continent had sunk like Atlantis.”  – CS Lewis

Though I hope that none of us have recently experienced the death of our mothers, I think we may still relate to the impact the event had on Lewis.  For many years I identified with the description of hopping from one tiny island of emotional stability to another, with a whole lot of turbulent floundering in-between.   This season of life, with the myriad implications of Coronavirus, has given us ample opportunity to discover just how emotionally grounded we may or may not be. 

Most – if not all – of us have never experienced a scenario that impacts so many facets of our lives.  It’s not just staying out of the malls and restaurants, the kids are home too.  It’s not just disinfectant and hand sanitizers, it’s concern over whether you will have a job.  It’s not just cancelled appointments and travel plans, it’s not knowing if a loved one will get sick and possibly die.  And on top of all of that, we have no idea when any of this will become normal again, or if it ever will. 

There is a line from “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” that has stuck with me.  It is towards the end of the movie when they have gotten to the grail site.  Donovan shoots Jones’ dad as an incentive for Jones to get the grail and its healing properties.  He says to Jones, “It’s time to ask yourself what you believe.”  No time for theories now.  His dad’s life was on the line.  He either believed in it or he didn’t. 

Times like these can reveal to us what we really believe.  What condition our emotions are really in.  Where our legitimacy really lies.  How much we can really trust and not be driven mad by not knowing.     

Some of the initial shock of the epidemic is wearing off, but we still have a lot of uncertainty ahead of us.  And prolonged uncertainty can eat away at us like a canker.   With that in mind, I decided I would revisit some tools and strategies God has given me over the years to help make my islands a lot bigger than they used to be.  As I go along, I would like to share some of those tools and processes with you, as sort of an ongoing dialog.  Perhaps they will land somewhere for you too, or you know someone who could benefit from them.  Be free to share with anyone you wish. 

By doing so, we can leverage some of the current challenges into value for God and the Kingdom.  The more grounded and stable we are, the more available our resources are to Him because they are not all used up trying to keep our heads above water. 

So, over the coming weeks I will post a blog every few days with something else to explore … until I run out of things to say or we have all reached sheer emotional perfection.   

Well, we can at least start.  ;D)    

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