“That’s not it.”
The conclusion to an explanation that didn’t.
Unless I am more unique than I think I am, that will have happened to you as well: here is something really important I want to share with you. This is what it looks like, how it feels, how it is linked with that, and this is why I so want you to understand it what it means to me and us!
And then they play your words back: No … that’s not it.
Along with some others I did an introductory course “to becoming a Christian” a couple of years ago. We already were and are. I remember one of the first questions: “Who is God?”
Now that – seems to me – is a question which has foxed everyone ever since anyone first asked. But despite that – I can definitively announce right here and now that: “God is Love.” And when you play those words back to me – what they mean to you – I am confident I will respond with: “No – that’s not it.” … and off we go to the debating room where we stay for ever and ever.
I am not convinced that GSHJ has the same need for clarity as we seem to have. Every picture He drew can be interpreted in different ways:
Jesus said, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what should I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in the garden; it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.” And again he said, “To what should I compare the kingdom of God? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.” Luke 13:18-21
I am becoming more comfortable with an absence of clarity – an “agreed clarity” – a “defined clarity”. More and more for me “definitions” don’t do it. Debate don’t do it. Not no more.
Relationship does. Like how the disciples did all the time:
“Jesus, you got a minute (no, it’s not about bread – we got the bread organised today – wahoo!) … it’s about what you said earlier. All that “mustard seed” stuff – that “yeast and baking” stuff … we have been talking and cannot agree – what was it you were trying to get across?”
Like today. Right now. This morning as I read those verses.
“GSHJ, those pictures are drawing more pictures inside me. Is it this … or is it that … or maybe you meant ….”
For me The Living Word is relationship. The bible as a book is not – the bible as a book becomes slice and dice – it becomes “evidence”. And evidence exists in courts of law. And courts of law exist to rule on disputes, on grievances, on handing out consequences.
Now museums I do love.
Full of dead things. Preserved things. Artefacts. Treasures. Dusty examples of dead peoples, dead cultures, dead stuff all catalogued, showcased, restored – and still dead. They are a window to our past. A window I look through – and have to bring alive. I have to breathe life into these dead things before I can connect with the people they represent.
Just like the words we use in homage to God.
Thank you for saving me. Thank you for dying for me. Thank you for washing my sins away. Thank you for forgiving me over and over again. Thank you for Grace whatever that is. Thank you and thank you again. Amen.
Dead things. Dusty examples we have been taught. Dead words. Defined words. Words without relationship. I have to breathe life into these words before I can connect with the relationships they represent.
I have to breathe life into God before I can connect. I have to breathe life into Love before I can love and be loving. I have to live and love before I can live and love abundantly!
And when I do?
>>> Rewind … Rewind … Rewind …
“What is the kingdom of God like?”
Living! Loving! Connecting! Relationship! Inclusive! Abundant! Allowing! Liberating! And alive! ALWAYS alive!
How about you?
Tell me about you and Him … tell me about Him and you …