As I have stated many times in this blog, God wants us to set our mind on the things above and not on things of earth. And in order to do that, He puts us through trials that cause us to look to Him for strength, perspective, and comfort. My friend Zac Poonen compares this to the stretching of a rubber band. Like a rubber band, our spirit is stretched to focus on eternal things. But unfortunately, once the trial is over, our mind, like the rubber-band relaxes to its normal position, our spirit relaxes, and our minds spring back to the things of earth.
In the 1970s, the word “détente” was used in a political reference to the general easing of relations between the Soviet Union and the United States: during the Cold War. The French word détente originally meant the releasing of crossbow strings—two warriors relaxing their bow strings. But in our war against sin and Satan, our bow strings should never be relaxed. We should allow all circumstances to keep us taut—meaning “not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit” (Romans 12:11), alert, ever ready for an enemy who is constantly on the prowl to catch us (1 Peter 5:8).