This repeated pattern of swirling vortices looks pretty from the sky. It is called a Von Karman Street, named after the Hungarian-American physicist. He studied how it forms when the flow of fluid or air is separated around a blunt body, in this case the island pictured. Of course, nature is full of vortex examples, including tornadoes, hurricanes, in rivers or even the bathtub and sink. But what interested me was seeing a “street” of them repeating a pattern.
Today’s verse explains that though the believer is sealed by the Holy Spirit for the day of redemption, it is possible to grieve Him. When we grieve Him we are like that blunt unmoving body impeding His work and movement in our lives. We grieve Him with unwholesome talk (verse 29) that is not helpful to others. And He is grieved with all forms of malice (verse 31) including bitterness, rage, anger, brawling, and slander. All of this grieves His heart and blocks His freedom to move and use us. This is especially true when it becomes a repeating pattern.
Grieving Him is disappointing Him. Growing up, I had a horror of disappointing my parents only because I loved them so much. The same is true with the Lord. I love Him with all my heart but I know I disappoint Him and often let Him down. I am not proud of what comes out of my mouth sometimes. And as long as I stay in that habit of ugly speech, His movement and power can bypass me. But thankfully, His love will never change or waver. His forgiveness is never withheld.
Lord, help me not to grieve You today.