I spent this weekend with groups of seekers.
“The road not taken has a better view.” “Seek and ye shall find.” “More will be revealed.” “Do unto others…” “One day at a time.” “Relieve me of the bondage of self.”
These words are not just refrigerator magnets, Facebook posts or greeting card sentiments. These truths (and that’s what they are: universal truths) are what I consider invisible theology….earth shattering, fiction-like, gravity-defying revelations that can and will and should upend your entire worldview, but remain hidden in plain sight, like a cell phone or fax machine (consider the pre-fax days for a sec… hard copies of information shared by human messenger or mail. Really??).
Within the past several days I have had the pleasure and privilege to walk in the spirit of God. Hand in hand, toe to toe, shoulder to shoulder. Moment after moment, I existed with the intangible, world-ordered blinders removed from my eyes. In precious gratitude and peaceful self-awareness, yes in serenity and laughter, I looked and saw, listened and heard, prayed and had answers.
One night was in a home, around a table sharing food, in a circle sharing our connectivity and gathered in His name to build a bridge. Another night was in a great room with voices united, around another circle, sharing our experience, strength and hope with joy and merriment. A third night found a smaller table, a smaller circle and the biggest moments.
All three groups mantras are paradoxical: we die to live, from darkness comes light, to gain by giving, to suffer to get well. All are inclusive: welcome to any regardless of their so-called differences. All uninterested in the material; made up of people who live the phrase “Progress not Perfection.” All walking the walk, not talking the talk. The world is filled with talk and it’s
mostly noise. Soul-crushing, doubt-feeding, spirit-assassinating noise.
I love the phrase “Fairs are for cotton candy” as in “LIFE IS
NOT FAIR.” Jesus said “Pick up your cross and follow me.” The actual verse from the Christian Bible is “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.” (Luke 9:23, 24). Paradoxes are nothing new (hey, that’s a paradox!)…they ring as true today as they did 2,011 years ago. Seekers still seek, blind men still see, the lame walk again.
I’m a big cotton candy fan. But, I can do without it. Because I’ve got my hands full with something bigger to bare. Thank God.