My last post was an expression of amazement in light of the awesomeness of God's design. At this very moment as I write this the beauty/amazement has been a bit obscured by the reality of the fallenness of human nature. I've been exposed to a few stories today where people are clearly drawing from that dark place inside that has not as of yet been set free/redeemed. I want so badly to save them from the pain and beauty diminishing choices of "going with" the destructive lies that always present themselves as "cool". But I know I can't. All I feel I have to offer is a voice of advice to people in such places. "This won't end up being what you are assuming it's going to be."
I feel I've come to a better understanding of the reality of sin/living trapped (by what ever) and freedom/living loved. What we value wins out in our lives. Attempting to change what others place value on is a dangerous adventure. People get touchy about their idols. All we can do is live and in that living we're in a sense offering to others what we value...whether it be, freedom/beauty or something else. These days I'm living more aware than ever of the choices that produce life in me and the choices that do violence to that life. I want the way I live to scream/quietly of that reality and learn in the process that others have to make such choices for themselves and that even the choices that lead them into dark diminishing places is a part of the process. It's just not fun to watch. I spent 42 years of my life participating in diminishing activities and most of those activities were of the religious/Pharisaical nature...that is after my youthful debaucherous period.
But the good news is Father Son and Spirit had been at work through out it all doing what they do. And I must remember the same holds true for the others that are still trapped and I hear the voice of the Spirit in my ear screaming/quietly to remember the same really is true about the others...."Together, we have been working with a purpose in their heart. And it is wild and beautiful and perfectly in process. To you it seems like a mess, but to us, we see a perfect pattern emerging and growing and alive---a living fractal. Look beyond what you "see" to see what we see."