Who is this blog written for? Why are these words here at all? Will these words be read in two thousand years from now? What would be the result of extracting a few quotes and wrapping them in other words? Just like I do each day with The Bible!
Extract Number One:
Then Jesus began to denounce the towns in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades. For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.” Matthew 11:20-24
(Woe and Hades. Sackcloth and ashes. Repent and the day of judgement)
Extract Number Two
At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Luke 11:25-30
(Go God! Confuse the clever ones. Favour the innocent ones. Good on you God. Jesus chooses who gets it. Both ways. Ah schmozzle – come on everyone if you want)
There are times I read my bible and wonder what was going through the mind of Matthew (in this case) on the day he was compelled to tap out these words on his laptop.
Because there are so many times when I read these bible words and struggle to get it. So I wander around and have look from behind, I dive in and look from Love, remember to look at what is in not out … and still struggle. So this morning – as so many others – I look Him in the eye and shrug my shoulders helplessly. Invite Him to don the batman outfit, rev the batmobile, flick the on-switch of our loom … just a little divine help here today.
Nada. Zilch. Big fat zero.
He just sits calmly. Not a word. Not a sign. Just doing that “inspecting His fingernails thing”. No eye contact today. And inside me that familiar rollercoaster ride starts to run:
Come on God! Need a hand here God. Just a hint would be good God. No hint today God? On my own here God? Aw man!! I can’t do this God! Nothing … nothing at all? It’s in front of me? I can see it if I look “right”? Down to me God? Really? So looking isn’t cooking. Fast food answers are off the menu today? It’s slow burn, slow learn. Wrong speed wrong gas too fast today? Well okay – you got me there. My few minutes before scooting off again … maybe it is the wrong speed. So I should slow down. Rest … in You.
Chill and be still. Here I am God – coasting to the kerb. Look God – handbrake slowly on. Okay God – the window is rolling down. Oh yeah my lord … breathing in that briny ocean air. Mmmmm Mmmmm my god … just hearing those creation sounds all around. Oh yeah my lord – so very “oh yeah” … feel that warming sun and raining down. Hey – see those fluttering butterflies dancing on by?
Man this is good! And – hey God? By the way – your nails look great. And – whoah! – where did you get those cool shades while I was muttering to myself? High five lord – you is the Man with the tan (and I is the man who got wonderfully distracted)!
Okay my friend. Okay indeed. Thank you. One little temper tantrum over. One “clever bible study” forgotten. One “must … need … to know” parked in neutral.”
Peripheral vision. Out of the corner of my eye. He does that when I forget. That’s today’s face-time. Look sideways sometimes. And He is chuckling again. We are chuckling again. That sharing without staring. That union through communion. That face-time in His time. Parked in neutral by the beach.
Now what was I trying to “learn” today?