A Journey Unfolding
Thursday, May 31, 2007

unrestrained...

The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried. - G.K. Chesterton

This quote leads me to ask first off; what IS the Christian ideal anyway? It leaves me to ponder why are we so afraid to ask questions, to poke holes in our own theories, to challenge our apathy, to spur each other to understanding. I wonder why many of us have simply resigned our acceptances to the often regurgitated drivel derived from others who have failed to question themselves, who’ve abdicated their right to ask, seek, and if necessary pound on the door of God's Kingdom, to seek ultimate truth AND the GIVER of all Truth!

Somewhere along life’s journey, it seems like we stop things. We stop asking what may be perceived as the silly question. Some of us have numbed ourselves to healthy debate, a sparring conversation that could possibly make us terribly uncomfortable, yet has the potential to create in each of us - more compassion, understanding and grace toward others.

At some point, we decided that it’s not appropriate to sing in public, to twirl and dance and laugh super loud - for fear of possible ridicule. Perhaps we’re cautious of the strange looks we may get, therefore we act with the sophistication of an adult, trading logic and decorum for dreaming and wonder.

Somehow along this way, we stopped believing in the seemingly “impossible.”
I think though - that when we dare to live out of true freedom - that somehow - it unlocks otherwise buried joy in another. When we venture out of idleness and skip along life’s sidewalk, an otherwise stranger that passes by learns a little something about love and freedom. It’s then, that maybe we can share a moment of escape, a snapshot of time where life isn’t so hard, when the things that wanna rob us of laughter seem to diminish – against a moment of amusement – when we smile for ostensibly no reason at all and we don’t forget to dream…

Kids ask questions, LOTS of them. We did too - we may just need a refresher from time to time.

Marian Wright Edelman says. “When Jesus Christ asked little children to come to him, he didn't say only rich children, or White children, or children with two-parent families, or children who didn't have a mental or physical handicap. He said, "Let all children come unto me."

Are we like that - kid“ish”?

God lets us know very clearly that Jesus is PRO freedom, definitively FOR living lives of NON-restraint (not to be confused with living a life of righteous discipline mind you), un-encumbered if you will. He tells us that the vocality, the harmonious language of His kingdom, is expressly contained in this composition – one of FREEDOM!

Matthew 19 (Amplified Bible)

13) Then little children were brought to Jesus, that He might put His hands on them and pray; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them.
14) But He said, leave the children alone! Allow the little ones to come to Me, and do not forbid or restrain or hinder them, for of such [as these] is the kingdom of heaven composed.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2019%20;&version=45

What I find particularly interesting about this whole chapter is this:

From beginning to end - from the time those crazy dudes Jesus liked to hang with so much started to inquire about topics like marriage and divorce and all, to the place where Jesus tells the rich dude who asks Him about how he can enter the Kingdom - everyone is constantly querying Jesus. They are asking all sorts of questions, largely because everything He was saying was completely revolutionary and they were all enthralled with the discovery, with all the wisdom and joy He spoke of and lived out.

In response to the rich dude who had all sorts of material goods, Jesus is like totally uncompromising and He tells his friends that in order to “get it,” to gain the interests of the Kingdom, we have to give up on what we count as riches in order to garner the wealth of Heaven. He tells us that with men (which I take to mean without His help, an on my own kinda thing – blegh =) ), this is impossible, but that with Him, ALL things are POSSIBLE. He never discounts that what seems ridiculous - things like selling all your earthly “securities”, trading in all your fears and things that bind you to the temporal state of life, for that which never dies, or fades or molds – is within the realm of the possible. He believes… tells me that abundance awaits and trusts in His Father’s ability to dream for us, in us and through us…


Maria at 12:42 PM

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

...thoughtful essay. Of course
FREEDOM is much more than this, but you have inspired me to twirl, and dance, and speak from a joyful heart - perhaps in the most unexpected of places - perhaps those that will provoke the "child" in each of us.

6:59 PM  

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