Dressing in Layers

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Our days are a kaleidoscope. Every instant a change takes place. New harmonies, new contrasts, new combinations of every sort. The most familiar people stand each moment in some new relation to each other, to their work, to surrounding objects.  –Henry Ward Beecher

We are in a season here in the southern British Columbia Rockies where one day it is spring and the next day (sigh) winter again. I’m packing for a road trip and I don’t know what to take – parka, jacket, hoodie?. The weather report includes predictions of a wide variety of experiences which will require flexibility.

It strikes me that when we live among people we care about who, like us, are in a process of change, great flexibility is required. When we’ve made adjustments and developed the habit of tip-toeing around someone’s idiosyncrasies, attempts on their part to change can throw off our own sense of equilibrium. Yes, we want to encourage change, but now we need to readjust. Sometimes we are not prepared. Sometimes we don’t have the appropriate clothing at hand.

Relationships between people who desire to follow God and live out their identity in Him are never static. One day it is spring, and the next it’s back to winter again. We need to be kind to each other, and be flexible. I’ve heard it’s wise to dress in layers.

4 thoughts on “Dressing in Layers

  1. “I’ve heard it’s wise to dress in layers”….such truth. If only we would realize how much this would solve. 🙂 The grace we could extend to on another. Thank you for this choice morsel to ponder on today.

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    1. Oh Christina, these blogs really are for me first. So this morning I’m thinking about flexibility and the seasons and write a blog on that theme. At noon I rushed home from my appointments to pack the car and get on the road. As I am trying to grab a quick lunch at the same time, our son phoned and said a winter storm just blew in and I had better check road conditions. The Alberta Motor Association used the word “horrendous” when describing the driving conditions on the other side of the mountains. “Horrendous” is not all that subtle a word, so we’re being flexible and changing our travel plans today. And feeling so grateful for warnings. A grace-filled day to you.

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  2. Lynn Hare

    I live in Portland, Oregon, where the weather changes quickly, too. I bring layers of clothes with me in my car so I’m ready for what the sky drops. What a powerful metaphor – being ready for relational changes as our friends grow. Personally, I can “summer” and “winter” in the same afternoon, so I’m grateful my friends pack layers, too. Our growth in Christ isn’t a straight line on a graph. It rises and dips, but keeping our sense of adventure (including encounters with “horrendous” driving conditions on mountain roads) makes it all worthwhile.

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