Behind the Waterfall

1 Peter 5:6-7
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under
the mighty hand of God so that at the
proper time he may exalt you, casting
all your anxieties on him, because
he cares for you.”
ESV

I don’t know who coined the phrase, “It’s always now, and most of us don’t live there.”  But it means that most people either spend their life pining away at the past and/or fearing the future instead of living in the God-given moment.  You can catch yourself doing this if you’re constantly replaying conversations and events in your head, or preoccupied worrying about things that haven’t even happened.

               Dan Harris publicly admitted he had a panic attack on ABC World Nightly News, and that it was the most embarrassing moment of his life.  Ten years later he said that what brought him through the healing process was meditation; not fruity mystical meditation, but taking ten minutes a day to breathe deeply and let the waterfall of his thoughts go over him like he was standing in a cave behind those thoughts.  Instead of being critical and judging every thought in the waterfall of his mind, he would non-discriminately stand back and watch the thoughts without getting involved.  This in turn, would tune up the filter of his mind by which he processed life.

               Let’s take it a step further by inviting God into the process and asking for his response.  We are the one creature on earth that has been given the ability to stand outside ourselves and make the choice to respond, and not react to problems or events that come our way.  This is the part of the package of our humanity and being created in the image of God that we need to utilize.  We can consciously choose to step outside the deluge of our thoughts and invite God into the process.  When we choose God’s response to the waterfall of our life, we experience peace.

By Aaron F. Jeffers

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