Going with the flow
I don’t know if you’re anything like me, but I cannot cope without my diary. I like to have everything planned ahead, in writing – set in stone if possible! I don’t do spontaneity! So, of course, this pandemic season has been stressful – as I’m sure it has for many.
One of the things I’ve felt God say to me during this time is that He wants me to be more flexible to receive all the new things that He is revealing to me. In a way, I’ve had no choice but to be flexible – otherwise I would have done nothing for the last year and a half.
When we went into the first lockdown, I was just three weeks away from the first circuit production in my role as Performing Arts Mission Enabler. I was forced to take my work online – which, believe me, wasn’t easy. However, I discovered new ways of working and was able to collaborate with other creatives from a distance. It has actually been a really creative time. Even now, as things start to open up, there is a constant uncertainty and I am having to learn to ‘go with the flow’. I can’t control what is happening in the world, but I can respond creatively and search for the treasure in the dark places.
I came across this short poem, “Fluent”, by John O’Donohue recently: “I would like to live / Like a river flows, / Carried by the surprise / Of its own unfolding”. I’m not sure that I will ever fully achieve this, however, I am using this to inspire me in the way I live as a Christian. God is unchanging and yet never static. If we cling to our notions of how we should live and be, we might be missing out on the new thing that God is doing right now. For, God is doing a new thing – if we are willing to let go (and maybe get a bit wet), then we are in for an exciting journey!