CHANGE OCCURS on the path of a slinky-like spiral rather than on a stepwise, linear path. We take steps forward but then experience a setback. We revisit our familiar vulnerabilities over and over again. But as with the slinky, each revolution is from a slightly different place. The spiral is heading upward, slowly but surely; when the slinky uses all its rotations, it can work as a whole and travel down a flight of stairs. Each revolution, each path of revisiting our challenges from a slightly different place, gives us added perspective, tools, and life experiences so we are never back at square one. When we find ourselves in a familiar emotional struggle, we can remember that it’s to be expected and look for the slight change in perspective and opportunity to learn that was not apparent or available during our last cycle through the struggle. Each rotation is a knock on the door of change. Eventually, a door will open.
—Angela D. Schaffner
Revealed: What the Bible Can Teach You About Yourself
From page 126 of Revealed: What the Bible Can Teach You About Yourself by Angela D. Schaffner. Copyright © 2018 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
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Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
—Matthew 7:7-8, NRSV
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Jesus, help me to see myself in your Word, so that others might see you in me. Amen.
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