Which brought me back to a basic necessity of life . . . our need for balance.
Balance is something most of us struggle with in some form or another. Work—Life. Boredom—Busyness. Diet—Indulgence. Financial Balance. Social Balance. The list goes on and on.
God set up the need for balance in the beginning during creation. Light and dark. Land and seas. Male and Female.
Solomon reminds us of it again in Ecclesiastes 3—that there is a time for everything, and lists fourteen opposites which balance each other.
Peter states in 2 Peter 3:17 “Take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability.”
And Paul exhorts us in Ephesians 5:15 to be careful how we walk, “not as unwise men but as wise.”
So how do we maintain or regain our balance? As always, we recenter ourselves under the shelter of a loving God who is in complete control.
“Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).
“He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17).
And focus on Him rather than the things of this world.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).
Sometimes we strive and worry when we need not do either.
My sister’s life and death taught me two things. First, we need very little to be happy even though we think we need much. And second, in the end nothing in this world matters. All that matters is Jesus.