Sometimes it can feel like you are back where you began. Things can suddenly come full circle and you wonder what the point of the journey so far has been. Maybe you feel a sense of déjà vu. Maybe it appears in the natural like you have walked around the mountain many times and ended up back where you started from. Rest assured, you have come further than you know.
I am not a linear God – I am in the cycles. Completion in itself is a process. The extrication from the previous requires unwinding, unravelling and tying up, in order to move on to the next.
Like the rings in the core of a tree trunk, your life has many nested cycles, and each is larger than the previous. All of these build you, grow you, prepare you, and become part of your story, your strength, and your character.
5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip,“Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
7 Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up,
9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.”There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there).
11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.”
13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.John 6:5-13 (NIV)
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4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy
5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,
6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.Philippians 1:4-6 (NIV)