Monday, May 21, 2013
Be Not Mislead
This Pauline citation is perfect for us to read when we come up against an obstacle that looks unmovable. It reminds us that with God, all things are possible. Paul is writing in reference to the split which nearly happens in the early church between two factions: those who want to require circumcision of men before entrance into the church and those who do not. A lively conversation takes place but the miracle of unification occurs and the church as Christ begins it remains intact and flourishes. We can read the details in ACTS.
I once heard miracles defined as the possibilities we dream that already exist but that cannot be seen with human eyes, cannot be heard with human ears, cannot be touched with human hands. In the documentary/fictional story What the Bleep Do We Know?, we are reminded to hope for our impossible petitions in a daily litany. The creators of this film examine how we might adjust our perspective just slightly so that we might see as God sees because – as we know – with God all things are possible.
It is worth our while to sit with a good study Bible and a concordance to examine the many times we are told in scripture . . . With God, all things are possible. The effects of these five simple words are healing. The reality of this short sentence is more real than the world we imagine we live in.
Each time we repeat these words and believe them a layer of anxiety slips away. Each time we witness to God’s impossible possibilities a new strength and boldness lifts our spirit. Each time we admit to the quiet miracles that pepper our lives, a new patience and serenity infuse our bones.
We must give ourselves the gift of allowing the Easter reality of impossible possibilities to be our reality. We must petition God each day with our list of impossible requests and ask that God consider them as our reality. And we must not allow ourselves to be misled by the pessimism of the world for as we so well know from our daily Noontime with scripture . . . with God, all things are possible.
May all of our miracles that we ask of God come to fullness in our new impossible reality.
If you have two hours, click on this link and watch: What the Bleep Do We Know? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioONhpIJ-NY Critics comment that it misrepresents science and makes awkward connections between quantum physics and spirituality. Others say that is an invitation to think in a new way. In either case, the thinking is worth our reflection.
Adapted from a Noontime written on May 2, 2007.