In the medical profession, to flat line is the absence of brainwaves or heart beat;…to die. It is also to be in a state of no progress or advancement.
Recently while having lunch with a dear friend, she openly spoke of the stress and anxiety that she had been feeling over the last several months. She shared with me her fear for her grandchildren, who were surrounded by drugs and promiscuous living. Tears began to well-up in her eyes from the exploding feelings of worry for their mental and physical safety.
She paused and swiftly moved her hand in a vertical zig-zag direction as she began asking the question; “Have you ever noticed how we go from the high of highs in life to the low of lows and then back up to the highs only to drop down to the lows?” She paused for a moment as she redirected her hand in a flat, horizontal direction, right across the table top. She then asked, “Why don’t we ever just stay in the middle? I so want a peaceful life. Why can’t we live in the middle?”
At that moment as I listened to her and saw the movement of her hand, an image poured into my mind of the beats of a heart that shows up on a heart monitor, followed by the words “flat-line”. This message came so loud and clear that I couldn’t help but blurt them out. “Flat-line !“, I stated. “If we were to really be in that peaceful place of balance, which we long and dream that we could be, we would actually be dead.”
I realized at that moment, more deeper than I have ever before, that the peace I seek for in this life, is not to be absent of these radical ups and downs; but rather, the grace which inspires helping me to endure, the elegance obtained through the refiners fire and the ultimate Joy given as I acknowledge the strength given to work with both.
I am touched by these words who’s author is unknown to me….”If we don’t allow our children to want something, we deny them the pleasure that they feel when they receive.”
I know now that peace is not to “flat line”, but rather it is to wait. (See John 14:27)
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