“To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.” — St. Augustine
God loves adventures.
Who of us cannot relate to Frodo, and his best friend sidekick Samwise Gamgee. Frodo, the impulsive hero, on a mission to deliver the Ring of Power, and Samwise Gamgee, who recognizes that he himself cannot be the carrier of the ring, but he can carry his friend Frodo.
So chapter after chapter in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, the steady Samwise keeps his friend Frodo on the rails, despite his frequent diversions from the path.
“You cut me down to size and opened up my eyes, made me realize what I could not see.” - Coldplay, “Swallowed in the Sea”
A great juggler invokes the awe of the audience. Multiple balls fly through the air in figure-eight patterns, bowling pins and blazing batons are thrown and caught and maneuvered with impossible flawlessness and skill. The crowd watches in wonder. How can he keep so many balls in the air? How come he never drops the bowling pins? Why doesn’t he feel the heat of the blazing batons?
The Holy Spirit juggles much this way, according to the scriptures. No one has more balls in the air.
Perhaps our fears, when we peel them down to their core, come from forgetting. We fear that we’ll be forgotten by those who care for us, by those who should care for us. The greatest fear is that God will, or has, forgotten us.
At some point in our childhood, we hear a story about a bird. Why we hear this story, anyone can guess. Perhaps one generation feels the need to illustrate problem solving for the next.
The bird (a raven or a crow) grows thirsty. To his delight, he discovers a jar of water. To his dismay, the jar is half full. He has both a beak too short to reach and no hands to lift the jar to his mouth.
You will not reach perfection in this lifetime.
Why don’t we teach this? How much heartache could we avoid?
Some people sow frustration by planting a vine called kudzu. Have you ever seen kudzu? Somebody thought it would be great for cattle because it grows anywhere and quickly. Cows didn’t like it. It now covers the South.
As a single, I view marriage differently than my hitched friends. The conditions of this institution leave me baffled. Perhaps the seemingly complex and intricate interactions of two persons should not shock me so much, but they do.