Wednesday, May 14, 2008

IT OFTEN SEEMS THE MOST MEANINGFUL CHANGE COMES TROUGH GREAT PAIN

"Man is so much the prey of the powers, so closely associated with their work, enjoys himself so thoroughly to their profit, desires so much all that they offer, conceives his life to such a degree separated from God, that every approach of God, every positive work of God, appears to him as an unacceptable disturbance and finally an attack against him. When God comes to deliver him, he does not at all perceive his liberation; he protests against the breaking of those marvelous objects, which are his chains or the doors of his prison: the adored chains. This is clearly the situation of Man."

"And we must take account of the fact that every work of liberation (the process of freeing us) is in fact destructive of the evil environment. And that which assures his liberty is felt by Man as a frightful personal offense. "How can God who is good permit…?" In uttering this phrase so frequently, Man does not envisage for a minute, first of all, that the evil deed is most often the result of the liberty that God allows to Man and of the independence and autonomy that man has seized over against God. Man is responsible for what is done (and he has wished it), but he protests against God for what is done. In short, he would demand that God mechanize him and take his liberty from him."

"Next, that evil also takes place by the interplay of the spiritual powers who act in the world and in society. Finally, that which does ‘evil’ to him can very well be the act of God who liberates him. But this liberation causes suffering. I do not know anything better to compare this to than to an operation. The surgeon who takes out a cancer destroys the power of death to the profit of the living body. But he removes something of this body, which had become "flesh of his flesh’; he amputates something which had become the body itself. And the patient who does not know what has been done, from what he has been saved, could perfectly well interpret that as a frightful torture, as an illegitimate extraction, being aware only of the pain that remains after the operation is finished."

3 comments:

Sue said...

Tell your co-worker I know exactly how she is feeling :)

This post annoyed me when I read it this morning. This evening it makes perfect sense. Of course, it made perfect sense this morning also, but there is a right time for everything, and this morning wasn't right for reading this quote :)

Isn't it funny how you can know what it is like for the Papa club :) to move in and do their stuff and voila, afterward, healing and life where before there was death? Well, it's interesting/awful/strange how when you're in the middle of another operation, your perspective on the past experience is diminished almost as much as if you had never had any prior healing. It's a bit distressing in its way, but I guess that's just the nature of pain.

Of course, paradoxically, even whilst flinging myself around swearing at God and yelling in fury because of the pain, my spirit is still calm and knows that this too shall pass. But sometimes the storm needs to spend itself.

Here's to much healing slung about for all of us - not just within church buildings in Florida :)

Kent said...

Sue, here is something interesting/funny/maybe-not-so-funny?

Because of your morning reaction to the quote it's easy to process that in a way that says the morning wasn't the right time for you to hear it. I used to feel the same way about things like that. I see it a little differently today.

Our reactions (positive or negative) all play into the process. Sometimes when we see or hear something the Spirit is wanting to help us walk through it might cause something unpleasent in us to happen but later on we begin to become open to it...simply because these things take time.

Maybe that is what you were saying anyway...it's just a thought I had when I read your response.

Sue said...

I had to read your cmment a few times to get what you meant because I'm a bit duh :)

Yes, I did mean it in the sense you are (I think) saying here, that my reaction to it was reactionary but it still goes down into the heart even if it is reactionary. I don't think that just because we react on one level (which is a fleshy level) that it isn't going down deep on another - and indeed, sometimes the reaction is an indication that it has actually gone down to bone and marrow levels.

Geddit? Goddit? Good :)