Monday, November 21, 2005

"Rolling Boil"

Have you ever watched a pot of water boil? If you are going to, leave it for a little bit until it starts because it never will while you are watching.

What looks like a swirling bowl of chaos is really a collection of water molecules just doing what comes naturally. The surface of the boiling pot is a center of activity, constantly moving and in a state of constant change. If you stare at it long enough, you might notice that it looks completely different from one moment to the next.

The reason it keeps changing is a continuing stream of new molecules reaching the point at which they turn into gas and then coming to the surface. It's interesting that they don't all turn into gas at the same time (that would be called an explosion, the opposite of that would be stagnation). The chaos below turns into a fluid movement on the surface.

The surface is not where all of the work is done, but it is where the work is exposed. Millions of tiny molecules turning heating up and then rising to the surface to cause a consistent bubbling effect.

This occurred to me while I was sitting in the auditorium at church Sunday waiting for the service to start. Where I am now, each service seems so different, yet they all have an energy to them. One of the reasons that this energy is so consistent is that it's just the surface of work that is constantly re-energizing itself. If there was only one group that did everything, then you would see ebb and flow, up and down. Sometimes the energy level would be high when some effort was coming to it's fruition, other times the energy level would be low because they were regrouping. You see...One small set of people cannot keep on feeding the energy of an entire congregation without rejuvenation.

Another interesting aspect of this is that if you like something that you are experiencing or participating in now then don't get to attached to it because it will change, on the other hand if you are not crazy about it then it don't sweat it because it too will pass. Either way you look at it, the energy level is almost always high and the passion is strong. Also, we get to constantly push ourselves to try new things, open our minds and let God take us places that we didn't know about.

Just like a rolling boil on the stove, it just keeps coming. Pretty cool.

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