“When direction . . . comes, it drops into the tension between the present and the future . . . this tension doesn’t necessarily mean something is wrong. It means that something is happening! It is impossible to move without tension. No one can grip anything without tensing their muscles. Nor is tension all-encompassing. When I relax in a chair and reach out to pick up my coffee cup, the part of me that is in motion is tense while the remainder of my body is at rest.” (Graham Cooke, Prophecy and Responsibility)
The last couple of weeks, Tim and I have engaged in nasty conflicts. To say they lacked harmony would be an understatement. In fact, if you put them to a tune and sang them out your front door, they’d make the terriers on your block yelp, go pelting for cover in a doghouse, and bury their heads beneath their paws.
Yesterday I heard God whisper, “This is a good and necessary tension.”
“What?” I said. “It’s been a strained day. An impossible week.”
“I never waste tension,” He replied. “Never. And by the way, there’s more conflict ahead.”
“Yikes!” I crawl on my hands and knees to the back corner of a crowded doghouse. “Move over, guys.”
(To be continued.)
How does God use tension for our growth?