Harmony is such a great word. I breathe deeper just saying it out loud. The idea of agreement, peace, and tranquility is so appealing – so why do we have so little of harmony in our day-to-day lives?
I worked in the field of Interior Design for almost 30 years, and learned early that the only way a client would yield control of the design project, was for them to believe in me. I had to prove by my past performance that I could be trusted to deliver. This is an agreement of two minds, a joint effort of transformation, and requires a different action of both parties. The client yields, and the designer begins the process of change in a contract of mutual trust, faith to deliver something yet unseen.
On the other hand, when a client is unwilling to yield to the designer, a mini tug-of-war becomes the focus. Now the project becomes a game of give and take, so both sides have some control. It’s not really two minds in agreement. It’s more an equal measure of two independent sides meeting somewhere in the middle. This may be mutually acceptable, but the potential has been limited by an unwillingness to yield to the designer’s years of experience. I see such a parallel to life here.
God is the original designer of all things visible and invisible. He has created each one of us for a specific purpose & journey. He has the omniscient vision, and knows our true potential. I can be a great finished project if I will quit playing tug of war, and trust Him.
Sometimes I say I will yield, but then I make my own plans, and pray that God blesses them. Or maybe worse, I do nothing, and say I’m waiting on God. But I’m really just on one side or the other of that mini tug-of-war.
I’m learning to pay attention to when I’m tugging hard, recognizing when and why I desire to be in control, and I just stop tugging! I quickly confess it, and give up the fight. I remember that I have the most incredible gift of just letting go, and resting in Him. I yield - I agree that God knows best, and amazingly, I soon find that peace and harmony that’s so appealing. Content for a moment, my soul learning to rest in Him, regardless of what phase of the process I’m in.
We were designed for peace & harmony, and lived it in a garden long ago. We crave it and God knows just how to bring it! My part of this agreement is to die to my plans and desires with all that tugging. By yielding to the Holy Spirit's transforming power – moment by moment, I experience the tranquility and soul rest that I was created for! By abiding in Christ, I’m beginning to get a glimpse of what I was created for, harmony with my designer.
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