doing well

thrive

 

His breath filled all things
    with a living, breathing light—
A light that thrives in the depths of darkness,
    blazes through murky bottoms.
It cannot and will not be quenched. – John 1:4-5 (the Voice)

how many times are you (we) asked….how are you?

and your (our) response…I’m doing well, thanks.

what does that mean??
“doing well”

not sick
not in the hospital
able to function
living…

is that all there is?
just living?
just surviving?

sometimes, a lot of times, it feels like I am just merely surviving.
I am doing well.

but…

is that all there is?

in the midst of the living, the surviving
is it not still possible

to truly “do well”?
to blossom
to flourish
to bloom
to thrive?

but…

my life is dark
I don’t see much hope
I can’t seem to find a way out
I am barely living as it is…

I get that, I truly do.
our lives are filled with things that cloud the Light
that get in the way
things that keep our feet from moving
that paralyze us
things that jumble our thoughts
that cause disorder

we live in darkness
almost afraid of the Light
we become content to stay
in the dark
we give up on discerning
the right

the thick, sticky mess
of the entanglements of living…
we hide…
we run…
we settle with the dark…
we live in the security, the familiarity.

then…
a new day dawns…
and the Light seeps in to the dark crevices…
into the sticky mess…
into the familiar…
into the dark.

the “light bulb” goes on…
in the midst of the dark
the lonely
the depths
a Light shines….

change starts…
some things look different
taste different
smell different
sound different
feel different…

“No more dark.
No more hiding.
No more caves.
What is the point of all of this?
To follow the Light”. – Grug, Croods, the movie

“If you walk with Me, you will thrive in the nourishing light that gives life and will not know darkness”. – John 8:12 (the Voice)

to thrive in the nourishing light that gives life
to not know darkness…
to truly ‘do well’

no more dark
no more hiding

thrive.

Shine like the sun made darkness run and hide
We know we were made for so much more
Than ordinary lives
It’s time for us to more than just survive
We were made to thrive – Thrive, Casting Crowns
all because of grace…

 

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