When I was in elementary school, I learned about life cycles in earth science class. Now what I had found so interesting was that all things have a life cycle.
But humans are the only ones who can have control over the cycle that we go through in our lives.
The definition of life cycle is the, “series of stages in form and functional activity through which an organism passes between successive recurrences of a specified primary stage.” (Merriam-Webster definition)
So in other words, it is the different changes that we will go through in life whether it is physical, mental, or spiritual. Now, there are changes in life that we cannot help such as aging, growing, developing, and reproducing, but there are also changes that happen which are brought on by our environments. For example, certain illnesses, underdevelopment, some psychological issues, homelessness, and even abuse can make substantial impacts on our cycles.
Believe it or not, our environment has a lot to do with which direction our life cycles will move toward.
I always find it fascinating how certain families, generation after generation, continue in the same cycle over and over again. I also figured out that most of these issues that people have are not life cycles, but life cyclones.
And just like a weather- related cyclone, our environments can suck us in and eventually spit us out. Many instances, we are often worse off than how we started.
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; …” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Do you remember when you first started losing your baby teeth? I do. It took me from age of 5 to the age of 11 to lose my baby teeth and gain my adult teeth.
I did not have the greatest time with this because my teeth were horrible when I was a kid.
Yes, I confess, I ate a TON of junk food. No, my mom and dad did not feed me a lot of junk. I would sneak and either buy it or find it anywhere I could. I was a junkie.( Just a play on words, LOL).
I admit it! My baby teeth were so bad that all you would see when they were pulled out were holes. I had to go through this life cycle because it was the part of my body that was starting to mature. (This is funny because my beginning did not determine my end result in this case)
Can you believe that teeth have a life cycle? And the even crazier thing is that we were all born without teeth and eventually if we live long enough, will die without them as well.
This is a natural cycle that we all must face or have faced already. But, what was not natural in this life cycle is the environment that my teeth were in. The cyclone was the junk food, and that one minute of joy filled sweetness caused a load of pain from the holes left behind.
Some holes in our lives can fill our hearts with huge cavities, if left untreated!
What cyclones have you been adding to your natural life cycles?
As human beings we all have our natural cycles that no matter what we do certain things will occur whether we want them to or not. But, the trouble comes in when we try to take things out of its natural order.
Just like too much junk food can mess up your teeth, the junk food of gossip, lying, selfishness, envy, lust, greed, thievery can all play a part in building your personal life-cyclone.
These things can suck you in, lulling you with false promises and false rewards, to only leave you hanging onto whatever you have left for dear life.
Cyclones leave nothing but devastation behind. Many lose their lives because of them.
Cyclones are not natural weather patterns. They are brought on by an environment which usually consists of multiple thunderstorms (problems) and a warm body of water (your life).
The bad thing about cyclones is that they can often feel like they naturally occur, especially when you have been in more than one of them. You then adapt to these very destructive environments, that can be passed from generation to generation if you allow it to.
How long have you been in your life cyclone?
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” John 12:24
Finally, I do understand from going through quite a few life cycles and life cyclones that there is a way to peacefully endure both.
Now there is no way to avoid the cycles of life, and we still will have to face many cyclones too. But, with the cyclones we do have the power to brace ourselves for it or always be sucked in by them.
The key is we must embrace the provision that God has always given us to face life challenges.
If we are deeply rooted in the word of God and are always watered by His spirit, then when the life cyclone comes spinning toward you, you will stay in place. You will not be moved, you will be able to stand still and face the storm with the word that calms any crisis.
And on top of all that you will have a smile of triumph on your face because you did not let the enemy defeat you.. You will continue to keep winning as long as you remember that God has planted you in this place.
The roots will continue to grow strong enough for you to withstand any and every storm.
As always you got this!