RESONANCE AND DISSONANCE – WHAT’S YOUR LIFE LIKE?
What do you think about resonance and dissonance? Do you find that your life is a mixture of the two? We like it when something or someone resonates with us, but when dissonance comes, we may feel out of sorts. Perhaps we wonder if things will ever harmonize again when one thing after another hits us.
I wonder, though, if both resonance and dissonance are needed in our lives. Maybe they actually work together to bring us into a deeper relationship with God and others.
Face the Dissonance
Sometimes dissonance may drive us away from all that we have been fighting for or against. Or maybe we are glad for it, because it gives us an excuse to say goodbye to those who oppose us. We start to run in the opposite direction trying to do everything on our own, but we soon find that to be a lonely road.
Other times when dissonance comes we try to hide, wanting to keep things static, unchanging. The problem is, though, that things do change and we cannot keep hiding.
Sooner or later we will be found. Then we have to face what comes. We can cringe and feel sorry for ourselves or we can meet it head-on looking for ways to get through it. It helps to know that God will be with us each step of the way.
There are times when I have had hard conversations. I can’t share details here because of privacy issues, but God gave me courage and wisdom to stay and listen. It was hard and there were tears, but God’s love was also there. The relationship is deeper and sweeter because we persevered instead of giving up and turning away.
Resonance: Do We Always Welcome it?
I mentioned earlier that we all like resonance, but I’m not sure that is always true.
Sometimes when things resonate deeply we don’t know how to respond. We can actually be afraid of something touching us in our inmost being, afraid of what we might be asked to do. Even when we know it is right, there is a kind of fear that goes with it.
Just as we sometimes want to run and hide when dissonance comes, we might feel the same way about resonance. There have been times when I’ve been close to having a deeper relationship with someone, but for some reason one or both of us held back.
Sometimes, I see God working and I’m almost afraid of going deeper. But I am now learning to welcome the chance to deepen a relationship.
Do you ever have similar feelings?
Resonance and Dissonance
It seems that both resonance and dissonance can cause fear sometimes in our lives. Both can also show us our need for someone to walk with us, to give us strength to face what lies ahead.
What if we were able to meet with courage our fears, both in dissonance and in resonance in our lives?
I believe we can. If we know Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we have unlimited access to God. He is ready and waiting to give us grace and wisdom to handle anything that comes our way – good and bad. He works in and through us, as we give our lives as willing vessels to bring glory to Him.
By God’s grace we can move ahead with courage through all our fears, when we experience resonance or dissonance or both at the same time.
“Thus says the Lord who made it, the Lord who formed it to establish it (the Lord is His name): ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’
What about you? Do you ever think about resonance and dissonance and how you respond to those areas in your life? Please share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments. May God give us courage to share and to look to Him for wisdom and strength.
**Some of this was presented in a post at my old blog but has been updated and revised.**