Sometimes my life makes more sense to me when I break things down and look at it from different perspectives. Hence why you'll see random Mallory-made parables on here every now and then. I don't know when it all started but they help me. I figured I would share them in case they do anything for you. Today's comes with some some nice 'n cheesy google images. Be excited. :)
I noticed a pattern in my life that kind of bothered me. It seemed I've gone through phases where my relationship with God isn't as consistent as I would like it to be. And for some reason, it's not until it feels like everything comes crashing down that I realize how desperately I need to get on my knees and have a deep, meaningful, heart-to-heart with the big guy. I've been thinking a lot about why that's been something that I've done (and I'm assuming other people do it too, perhaps on varying levels). Here's what I've come up with.
I wonder if we view our relationship with God (at times) as similar to the one we have with a life vest on an airplane.
You know, you get on the flight and everything's fine. You watch you movie, eat your free pretzels, and think that life is good. No one pays their life vest any mind until lights are flashing, people are screaming and your in the middle of a panic attack because everything's going down--literally. THEN everyone frantically grasps for their life vests because it is literally the only thing that can save them.
However, I think the way it ought to be is if we had a relationship with God, like the one we have with a life vest while river rafting.
Regardless of whether the waters are calm or rough, you keep your life vest on. In this past time, wearing a life vest is viewed as having value all the time. It doesn't matter if you get to a calm part, people aren't taking their life vests on and off. You're more aware of your reliance on them. They're strapped on every moment you're on the water.
I just want to be the type of person that has a wonderful relationship with God, because I put honest, sincere effort into our relationship whether the waters in my life are calm or rough. I don't need to ignore the value in relying on Him until I'm in a tough spot. But rather, I need to continually work to see the value of consistent, sincere prayer and reflection daily. It will keep me afloat and...as happy as those people in the cheesy picture above. :) That's all.