Ripples and Waves
I went to the YMCA again today, and walked for 20 minutes in the indoor swimming pool.
No, I don't walk on water or anything, but as the pool is 4 feet deep at the shallow end, and 5 feet deep at the deep end, I can walk around in it just fine.
I was there earlier today, just walking some laps in the pool, which is 82.2 feet long. And part of the time, I would just run in place or do other exercises of my joints to combat the arthritis.
By the way, it works. It really does!
Sometimes in the pool, I just float on my back. I'm blessed that way, as I can float for hours with my face out of the water.
This afternoon, there was one other man in the pool, swimming leisurely laps on the other side of the pool. And I noticed something about that, which rang another bell.
In that confined space, the ripples he produced swimming back and forth would bounce off the pool walls, and collide with other ripples headed their way. The result was that, every now and then, a wave would slap the wall, sounding like a big wave slapping at a seawall.
That also made floating on my back, just relaxing in the water, a whole lot more, shall we say, interesting.
As I was floating there, a huge thought swept over me .. the thought that a similar thing happens in our lives when take part in our local church. The things we do there cause ripples in the lives of others, which produce Spiritual ripples in their lives, and those surrounding them as well. And, like in the Pelham YMCA pool, they rebound off the walls and produce yet more waves.
I Corinthians 12 is pretty clear that God ... in fact, the entirety of the Holy Trinity is named ... is active in gifting each of His children with a manifestation of grace for the common good! That tells me that we're not gifted so we can have a Spiritual gift, but rather so that we can use such gift(s) for the building up of the body, for the work of service!
Get that picture in your mind!
You do something in the church body that has a positive effect on someone else. They do things, as a result, that affect others, and the beat goes on and on. Eventually, the waves come back around to benefit you, yourself!
Now we hasten to point out that it's God Himself that brings any Spiritual profit to the equation. Check 1 Corinthians 3:6 for details about that. But isn't a thrill to be along for the ride? And to maybe do something that Jesus uses to build the church?
He said He'd do that. So, Study. Learn.