Lean into turbulence – high water hard!

“In life it’s important to listen to our Guide’s instruction to lean into turbulence.  This is crucial for maintaining a healthy faith and participation in church and Christian community.”- Bill Gaultiere

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.  For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.”- James 1:2-3 (NLT)

Bill Gaultiere concludes Chapter 6 of Journey of the Soul as he talks about four qualities of healthy faith that resilient disciples possess. These four qualities are vital at The Wall:

  1. Personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  2. Participating in Christian community.
  3. Valuing the Bible as inspired by God.
  4. Integrating their faith with the world.

Hence, resilient Christians take personal responsibility for their spiritual growth and how they relate to others.  And even in the midst of trials or desolation when God feels distant, they become self-feeders with God’s grace.  Also, this growth in grace fuels their compassion for others.

When Bill went river rafting, his guide imparted wisdom that applies to us at The Wall.  As the raft headed down into fast rapids, the guide told his crew to lean forward into the high waters.  Or else they’d flip over.  Certainly, the guide’s wisdom captured Bill’s attention.  Because when waves crash into you, your natural behavior is to lean back.

Above all, Bill observes, happy patience in trials seems like an oxymoron.  Especially at The Wall, where we feel spiritually dry.  But when we allow ourselves to feel true thirst, we realize that only Christ’s living waters save us.

In conclusion, Bill stresses, people at The Wall need the freedom to do nothing with Jesus.   Rather than doing for the Lord, simply rest in His presence – holy idleness.  Bill explains:

“People who know how to be alone and quiet for a long time, to simply rest in God’s unconditional love without having to accomplish anything, are much better able to be at peace in a crisis and bless those who curse them.”

Or, as Winnie the Pooh quipped, “Doing nothing often leads to the very best something!”

Today’s question: What Scriptures help you lean into turbulence?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Our spiritual and emotional natures”

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Dave Henning

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