You decide according to what you can see and touch. -Jesus, John 8:15
Humans are naturally egocentric. We base our response to life on our experience. When opposing ideas are introduced, our first inclination is to reject them. The only time we entertain the notion that we have something yet to learn is when what we know collides with what we know and we have to reexamine what we know. This doesn’t happen unless you’re in a state of brokenness. If a firm internal belief is shattered by an external fact, then we are no longer solid and have to find a new position of solidarity before we experience what it is to be whole again.
We can hear that we are in an ‘alien’ state of existence. We’re travelers, lost children on foreign soil who wait for a horn, a light in the East, a Savior on a cloud. How is it that we can believe the most amazing stories not witnessed, but not the Truth right in front of us? You believe that Jesus was conceived in a virgin, but not that God’s plan shatters through the fabric of yours. You know that Paul was accosted on a road to Damascus, yet you still spend yourself on your bedroom floor begging God to let His will prevail. You believe that the Son of God offered Himself as a sacrifice for sin, died, rose and lifted off the earth to disappear into clouds on His way to Heaven, but you cannot believe that the person who hurt you can be transformed by that miracle.
Jesus said, “You’re tied down to the mundane; I’m in touch with what is beyond your horizons. You live in terms of what you see and touch. I’m living on other terms. I told you that you were missing God in all this. You’re at a dead end. -John 8:23
Jesus, the human, kept His eye on the Truth as He travelled through the facade. Life is an obstacle course. A process, not a purpose. A journey, not a destination. You cannot look at a member of your own traveling tribe and bind them to the lies of the land on which they walk. Failure is inevitable, if there is breath, there is hope. Don’t determine the prognosis of the fallen based on your understanding and personal confines of acceptability. Unless they’re dead, they’re still in the game. If for no other reason than to epitomize your unbelief in the finality of Grace. The pebble in your shoe.
You are brought through experiences and are formed as a result of the squeezing and stretching. If you look at the here and now, what you can see and touch, you completely miss God in the process. You see yourself as a victim. You scramble to keep your grasp on what you deem yours, you wait on others to do the right thing because you see their faults clearer than you see your own. We should be scrambling in a race to be the first to reconcile. Loose ends are cancer to your freedom and if you do your part to prepare them for reattachment, you can be free while you wait for the healing.
You can focus on the sin that divided, but why would you ‘think on those things?’ If you use sin as the glasses, then you will never be free. You have many reasons to maintain the separation, but how many times do you have to revisit the overgrown battlefield of mistakes and selfishness to give you the power to maintain your defiant stance of righteous indignation? Contempt is not in your nature, you want to show kindness and have to suppress the love that wants to seep from the depths of you. Yet, you have to honor the scarred with the resolve to ‘never forget’.
Forgiveness is freedom, whether your target deserves it or not. The freedom is for you, not them. The forgiveness is reciprocal, not from them, but from God. He wants you to forgive the unworthy so you can identify with Him as He forgives you….also unworthy. This isn’t about them…this is about you. You have been brought to this place because there is a part of you that needs to be placed on an altar and burned. You are not a victim of your circumstances. An accident has not overtaken you. Nothing in your existence gets altered without instigation from the ‘Sovereign Strong’.
All we’re saying is that God has the first word, initiating the action in which we play our part for good or ill. -Romans 9:18
Did someone ‘play a part for ill‘ and you are stuck with the bruises? Are you grooming your concept of God while you punish the bad teammate? What if God instigated the action for a purpose you’re not privy to? What if it’s obedience to self-abandonment that gives purpose to your plight and it’s not about ‘here and now’ at all? Are you missing God because of your short sightedness, narrow mindedness, experiential determination? When you question your circumstances, you question God.
Look up to keep yourself from looking down. Look around only with the vision of what is up. Spin in the twist. Dance in the Truth.