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I took up making mosaics once. My flatmate and I embraced the craft with all enthusiasm. Not having any of the correct tools we took to breaking down odd pieces of pottery with a rolling pin and once we had ruined that we placed the china in a pillowcase and took turns hurling it off the deck. While it was definitely not the correct methodology it did nonetheless deliver the required results of small pieces of china (note pillowcase also ruined). We then began the painstaking task of carefully selecting the right pieces and creating our mosaic tile. At this point I must confess I decided that this was not the hobby for me, but my one attempt of creating a mosaic aubergine did hold pride of place in my kitchen for many years.

A mosaic is a great picture of life. Life is not a perfect cookie cut-out of balance and symmetry. Rather our lives are made of misshapen pieces all trying to fit together. Even the analogy of a jigsaw speaks of perfection and order not chaos. And life is more often than not ordered chaos! Plans can be made but circumstances outside our control make our lives organic to say the least. Work commitments, illness, unscheduled events, the weather even, can see to that.

But with God in control – when we surrender control to God – our lives can become beautiful artworks for His glory. A life surrendered to God means a life that is designed by God and illustrated with His grace and mercy. He is the author and perfecter of our faith – He is the master artist who lovingly cares about every single detail and aspect of our lives, even the awkward shaped ones. When we journey with God our lives become a beautiful mosaic masterpiece.

“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)


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Equilibrium – a state in which opposing forces of influences are balanced.

In economics, physics and chemistry the term equilibrium is used to define balance – a system in which competing influences are balanced. Whether it be supply and demand in economics or the net force in physics. Equilibrium is a fancy world for balance. That mid-point on a sea saw – equilibrium, a boat being able to float is a result of equilibrium of the pressure between the top and the bottom.

But what about our lives? Do our lives have equilibrium or balance in our lives? In other words stability and steadiness? We gain equilibrium in life by learning from economics and physics. Competing influences need to be balanced. Your output in life needs to be balanced with input. It means looking after ourselves. It means making sure that when we are pouring in life – whether work or ministry, that we ensure we have downtime, rest.

Equilibrium is making sure that the positives equal the negatives. Or actually in life, I think equilibrium is about ensuring that the positives outweigh the negatives. The input exceeds the output. The good exceeds the bad. That is balance. Implementing this means focussing on the good, the positive. It means that you ensure that your soul and your spirit is nourished.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:33-24)

 

 



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