When I think of the word "balance" in isolation, several images come to mind, among them that of a ballerina balancing on the toes of one foot and a Cirque du Soleil performer catapulting across a 30 foot high rope. When I think of the word "balance" from a spiritual perspective, it seems to be more personal, drawing me into a questioning of when and where in my life am I out of balance.
Most of us crave balance emotionally, spiritually, physically, relationally, and in any other way possible. I, also, crave balance. I want to be that ballerina who has only one leg on which to stand, yet stands with a grace and elegance that defies all odds. And when catapulted across a tight rope because of unfathomable circumstances, I want to nonetheless be left standing and in complete control on the other side of the experience.
Maintaining that degree of balance is not an inherent skill--it takes years of practice during which you fall repeatedly and yet, repeatedly get up off the floor and try again. It requires that you trust in a God of love whose ultimate intention never is to cause you harm. And it requires that you align your spinal column with his such that you become unshakeable. The columns in a building must be perfectly aligned with the principal column at the center if the building is to remain secure and intact. Similarly, each person who seeks to be part of God's kingdom must seek perfect alignment with Christ at the center. We gain alignment with him, and with every disciple, when every facet of our being is aligned with the Father in heaven and with his purposes.