The Oxford English dictionary defines STASIS as a period or state of inactivity or equilibrium, civil strife.
This adequately describes the past 4 months. I will say that I have been going through civil strife lately and it is a hard and lonely road even with all the support and help I may have. I started this blog to write at least once a month. It was a charge to myself so I could have consistency and something to look forward to, that brought me joy and release and if someone was blessed by it as a result, hey, even better. And so I will do my best to avoid stasis on this blog.
I came across the word STASIS- through my biology textbooks, particularly zoology. In zoology, there is a lot of stasis. In evolutionary biology, STASIS in really simple terms means that in species, there was little to no evolutionary change for a long time, especially in species now that are very similar to their ancestors from millions of years ago. In contrast to this is, Phyletic gradualism, where they believe evolution of species takes place in a uniform, slow and gradual manner.
As believers, or as people period, a lot of times we may feel in stasis. That nothing has changed, that things are exactly the same as before with no hope for the future. On the other hand, it is plain to see, that although we are not where we want to be yet not where we were – there have been changes – whether for better or worse.
God may have you in stasis to teach you something (but while you may be in stasis, things around you are changing)
Our current social and political climates give us flashbacks of times past and one may wonder, have we really made progress?
If there were a spectrum we would lean more toward phyletic gradualism than stasis because yesterday was not the same as today and today will be different from tomorrow, no matter the similarities, there are differences.
Now we know we have an unchangeable GOD who is true to HIS character and thus never fails, but at the same time HE is not static in nature because GOD is always on the move and HE works in our lives and the lives of others. Though you may not see it, He is uniformly, slowly and gradually at work and sometimes he can just SHOCK us with a sudden change. God can be unpredictable like that.
Yet more than anything, He cares for you, yes HE is MAGNANIMOUS like that too. Whether you’re in stasis or in phyletic gradualism, remember
1 Peter 5:7 – Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
and 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.