From Surviving to Thriving: The (Myth of) Balance (Comfort: Psalm 139:9-10)

If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,   even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast.”  -Psalm 139:9-10

When it comes to finding balance in life, there are a myriad of common, concrete images: spinning plates, juggling (glass) balls, the ever adjusting movement of a mobile or a jar with rocks and sand. Each image reminds us of our limits. But the idea of a balanced life, may have us pursuing a mirage. The failure to achieve this ever-moving-target of perfect balance can lead to a cascade of self-doubt, discouragement and defeat. 

Perhaps a better frame is that of rhythm. Life naturally has ebbs and flows based on life-stage, family considerations, and work commitments. At times, there is much about our daily responsibilities that is beyond our control to change. As you reflect on the stressors you are facing, consider what rhythms of joy, rest or refreshment are present. How can you move with the opportunities and invitations this rhythm offers? 

You are a God of transformation and change; in you hope springs eternal. May I embrace the rhythms of grace available to me even in the face of my own weariness and limitations. Amen.


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Some Comfort and Joy was developed as a devotional resource that follows the rhythms and seasons of the liturgical year from an Anabaptist-Mennonite perspective.

One thought on “From Surviving to Thriving: The (Myth of) Balance (Comfort: Psalm 139:9-10)

  1. Thanks for this comforting and full of grace reminder. I tend to be discontent in one way or another, seeing the “unbalance”. I am reminded to give permission and be present to see and celebrate joy during this time too

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