Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Are you Balanced or About to Tip Over?

Ever feel like you are being pulled in a hundred different directions? Some of us feel like we are constantly on the go. You may be like many... and suffer from not only physical exhaustion but mental exhaustion as well! Life gets so hectic with having to be everywhere at once. You take kids where they need to be, go to work, then go to the next event before coming home to just go straight to bed. There just never seems to be enough time.

When I get home, I am constantly running the day's events in my mind. In fact, sometimes it gets so bad, I can't sleep at night. I can't shut my brain off. There are nights when I just wish I had a power button to shut all these thoughts down! I will wake up in the middle of the night thinking of things that I need to do. When things start to get this hectic and I can't seem to shut my mind down, it makes me feel off balance. I feel like I am beginning to lean over farther and farther until I am about to reach a tipping point of completely falling over on my face.

Life seems to get that way. We go and go and add more and more to our lives and our schedules. When we do, we begin to see a shift in our balance and we begin to lean more and more.

At times I feel like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. This fascinating marvel of architectural design wasn't created to lean on purpose. You would think that since it has been leaning for over 840 years, it defies gravity. But this famous structure has been in danger of falling ever since the first brick was laid.

Construction began in 1173 and after the third story was built, the building started to sink into the soft soil which was comprised of mud, clay, and sand. The tower began to lean toward the north causing construction to cease for 100 years. When construction continued in 1273, the laborers added additional stories at an angle to compensate for the northern lean. As a result, this caused the tower to then begin to lean toward the south, which is the direction it leans today.

Between 1370 and 1380, construction was complete with an attempt to construct the bell chamber at a northern angle to compensate for the leaning direction toward the south which is what we see today. Over time, the tower has increased its leaning angle. Engineers continue to survey and monitor the tower to ensure it is safe but despite the evidence of potential problems, engineers agree that it will remain stable at least another 200 years.

In my mind, I see myself as leaning more and more... the more that life adds to me, the more I lean. But, like this amazing structure, we have a hope to anchor ourselves and keep us from completely toppling over. Despite our often hectic unbalanced lives, we can rest on our rock and strong foundation. We can rest in our faith and hope in Jesus! A friend shared scripture with me the other day as a reminder for me to trust even when life seem to be unpredictable and uncertain.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6
We can try to make things right ourselves, and adjust our lives and schedules, but later we begin to lean again in another direction. Our understanding of where we are or need to be can't always be controlled by our own limited abilities. Proverbs reminds us that we need to lean on God, submit to Him and he will make us straight. He is our security in times of unbalance, struggle, and trials. Even though we may feel like we are about to lean right over and fall on our face, we can rest securely in knowing He holds us up in his hands and we will not be shaken!
"Truly He is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress; I will not be shaken" Psalm 62:6

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