Personal Perspective

24 Oct

Good Morning,

Have you ever notice when someone mention something/anything, we immediately look at it through our own lens.  Someone says, “I’m tired”; our response, “You’re tired, let me tell you how tired I am” or someone says, “you wouldn’t believe what happened today” and proceed with the story of the days events; then we counter with and unbelievable story of our own.  I think it is human nature – at least it is true for me.

So, with this profound dispensation to tell about the world from our own perspective, somehow people have exempted the Bible from this truth.  As if the people who wrote the text didn’t have a particular viewpoint or maybe even an ax to grind.

In this passage Paul talks about Jesus coming back, which he thought would be next week.  It is interesting that really this was just Paul’s opinion, and an incorrect one at that; yet people have treated this idea as fact. . . 2000 years is just a blimp on the screen.

What really works in this passage from the letter to the Romans is Paul’s passion.

18-21 That’s why I don’t think there’s any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. The created world itself can hardly wait for what’s coming next. Everything in creation is being more or less held back. God reins it in until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead. Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens.

22-25 All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.

The big event has not occurred. The ‘we don’t have to worry about the mess the world is in because God will take care of it’ event is not here.  And yet, and yet God’s spirit is changing and guiding and transforming people everyday and those people are making a difference in our world to reveal more of the Divine Presence each day.  Sometimes it is hard to see, in the midst of the violence, the poverty, the self-involved consumption of goods, but I know that it is there.  I look for it and I find it, everyday.  So, we return again to personal perspective.  I think so long as we know that we are viewing the world through a very particular lens and that even the ‘Bible-writers’ had a distinctive perspective, we can handle ourselves and those around us with God’s gentle grace.

So, that is my wisdom for the day.  Be gentle with yourself and others, you look at the world and events through a unique set of eyes; and the Divine is loving us and them and those through it all.  Peace

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One Response to “Personal Perspective”

  1. Phyllis Terwilliger October 26, 2015 at 1:30 pm #

    Thanks, Mary, for these important word of Wisdom!

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