Spiritual insight can hover light as butterfly in the air, fluttering gentle in the breeze, alighting soft on our senses.
Or nudge like a querulous child, becoming ever insistent.
Maybe it sparks bright, a lightning flash of inspiration.
However it strikes us ~ holy whisper or holy fire ~ we do well to pay attention.
Any reading of Scripture yields wisdom and insight as much as it throws curve balls.
We put on Holy Spirit lenses to help us focus on the meaning, application and practical outworking.
“What do we do with all the hard/weird stuff in the Bible?” is the question being pondered over at Diana’s place this week. Do we ignore, refuse to ‘go there’, puzzle, pause, pray, or something else?
Some of how we answer it depends on our faith roots. I began my faith journey in a happy-clappy Pentecostal church, drifted into Baptist, kept a foot in Anglican, and spent many years in Independent Evangelical.
Over time, my ‘bible-thumping-in-your-face-are-you-saved?‘ days gave way to deeper reflection and grace. Made space for the ‘not knowing’ aspects of faith.
Now I am leaning toward the Contemplative and finding church is everywhere (TV and internet) and nowhere in particular for me when housebound by M.E.
And in the letting go of fixed ideas, hungering after authenticity wherever I can find it, I find myself in a position of simply wanting to let go of too much concern about all I don’t understand.
The Bible is God’s great narrative, His story to draw us into relationship with Him ~ the whole purpose of it all.
The essence of Christian faith is faith in a Person ~ Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And people are complicated. So why shouldn’t God be even more so in the way He operates?
We can only move forward in faith, trudge wary of the weird stuff, trusting Him to reveal all He desires us to know in His own timing.
I tread timid, blind, in need of a Guide
I trudge wary, uncertain ~ with You by my side
And if You should choose to keep things concealed
it makes me appreciate all that’s revealed
There are treasures hidden in darkness deep
to be mined by those with eyes to seek
Challenge and certainty, joy and adversity
all wrapped up in Your word ~ to loose, set free
There are areas that puzzle, confuse and stretch our minds
and others of the straightforward, simple kind
For I still can barely comprehend
Your mercy and grace, love without end
So why should I, with great temerity,
expect You to reveal all things to me?
Should I not make room, give space
for the protective nature of Your grace
Allow for Your Spirit to open my eyes
in a gradual way ~ day after day
Knowing I can only handle so much
surprise, information, knowledge, as such?
God is always speaking. He is never silent. Sometimes we cannot hear Him above the chaos of the world or the noise of our own thoughts. Time taken to listen attentively is never time wasted. Much can be gained in the Quiet Place.
In essence:Although I’ll continue to wonder, ponder, question and seek answers, I also choose to rest easy in God’s great sovereignty. He alone knows how to encourage open-hearted investigation while making sure we receive all that is necessary for us to trust and believe and live well for Him.