Layover Bridges

Happy last Sunday of April 2021!

“Brothers and sisters, as I said, I know I have not arrived; but there’s one thing I am doing: I’m leaving my old life behind, putting everything on the line for this mission. I am sprinting toward the only goal that counts: to cross the line, to win the prize, and to hear God’s call to resurrection life found exclusively in Jesus the Anointed.”

PHILIPPIANS 3:13-14 VOICE

A couple of weeks ago, we talked about Family Systems Therapy, which is an umbrella term for sub-approaches to family therapy. Family therapists often have to consider overt (explicitly spoken) rules and covert (unspoken) rules as well as if the family system is open or closed. Open family systems allow for interaction and relationships with people who are not in the immediate family system, whereas closed family systems are the opposite.

Taking this idea of open systems further, I thought about how anything that is open allows people and things to both enter and leave. Not only is this seen in our own families but also in our individual lives. Life is an open dynamic cycle that operates from two ends of a continuum. From one end, there is consistency of what/who is familiar and from the other end, there is spontaneity of comings and goings.

As I reflect on the openness of my system, I think about the constants such as God and my faithful four, who have been and will continue be in my life. Then there are what I suppose are the surprises! They are the people who have come and gone (and/or our relationship just changed over time). While I was pondering the surprises, God brought the word “layover” to my mind. He told me that all relationships (regardless of the nature) are bridges. Some relationships serve as lifetime bridges that continue to elevate and push us to new heights. Other relationships are layover bridges, that will serve only to get us from one part of our journey to the next but are not long-term.

While pursuing the destination that God set in motion for our lives, we have to fix our eyes on God, focusing on Him and keeping the faith. We also have to cherish the constants and accept the surprises in life for what they are, never trying to make constants out of surprises. God sees and knows better than we do and only gives us the best of the best!


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