This morning I found a fly sitting on this little (closed) window. Flew in yesterday and had an overnight layover. So I opened the window for it to buzz off and do “fly stuff”.
Except it didn’t.
It buzzed back and forth across the pane of glass. Frantically trying to find it’s way out to the fresh air it could sense.
Where I saw only an open window. The fly saw only:
It finally flew away.
So … back to another few verses of “The Sermon” … all mounted-up and ready to seek relationship:
‘You have heard that it was said, “You shall not commit adultery.” But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to go into hell. Matthew 5:27-30
HELLFIRE AND DAMNATION!! That is the version I see and hear so often in one shape or form (whether right in your face – or through the more subtle kind of self-love osmosis).
Better to be half the person you are/were with bits missing and gouged out. That is the only way (one way or another) that you earn the prize of forgiveness and eternal god stuff. Pluck … gouge … sacrifice … burden … cross … suffer.
Doesn’t that sound a lot like a buzzing fly?
Imposing my fly-brain-relationship-that-I-call-love-and-freedom-and-new-covenant-and-worship-and-glorifying-God-in-everything-because-I-am-unworthy … kind of buzzing … on God?
Is that really what this “Love” is all about? Letting all that “transaction stuff” sneak in and settle (again!)? Because one thing I have learned categorically is that “Love is not Transaction” – EVER!
So let’s open a few windows here …
Did you know that the Greek (source new testament language) for all these “violent” words is also “loving words”? In the same bible.
I saw that because He sent me scurrying away to have a look. All that Mounce and Teknia “stuff” this morning (for Teknia and Mounce, please refer back to an earlier post: “We Get To Choose”: https://justmebeingcurious.com/2014/05/20/we-get-to-choose/). You can too if you want.
And as always, it all comes back to context again.
Which starts with looking for the “good in God” … as a knee-jerk reaction. Seeing the open window as He sees it. Rather that the easier “seeing the open window” as a fly sees things.
Because when I really hold his hand. When I really connect. When I really look for real relationship … all that “violence” becomes “fly-brain” stuff.
Seek and ye shall find.
There is chap called Bob. Nice fella. Does a bit of blogging. Has a relationship with his lord. Quite an upbeat kind of guy. Same as the rest of us really. No different. Except Bob has ALS.
What is that? “Eventually people with ALS will not be able to stand or walk, get in or out of bed on their own, or use their hands and arms. In later stages of the disease, individuals have difficulty breathing as the muscles of the respiratory system weaken.”
Bob uses an eye-tracking gizmo to type. That’s the only way he can. And despite being immobile, Bob sees an open window. Not every day. Just most days.
He wrote a piece yesterday about choices. About chasing happiness. About God. About seeing an open window rather than barriers and rules and sin and damnation. Bob is just like the rest of us. No better no worse.
“Happiness :-)”: http://unshakablehope.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/happiness/
It touched me – the style of words we use – and I was left wondering this morning.
Why do we love talking the talk – yet continue to knee-jerk back to transaction – earning our salvation?
Isn’t “real relationship” seeing the “good in God” as a knee-jerk reaction? What this “Be Attitude sermon” stuff is about … what Love is about … what God is about … what we can be about.
If we allow.