He’s like a kid

He's Like a Kid

He’s1 like2 a kid…but a kid who knows exactly where He’s going: always talking, always laughing; super fun, spontaneous, unpredictable…

and we have a choice to give up control & blend into His joyous wisdom. We’ve often painted Him as this sage director who sits on His ass and points here and there, ordering His subjects to do and move but I see now…

perhaps He likes to dance and skip, disappearing and reappearing behind the curtains and in between the trees. Perhaps He’s inviting us into that dance of submission, allowing Him to pull us and push us away, lifting us up with His strength so that our faces mount closer to the sun.

Perhaps God is not stale. Perhaps He changes color right before our eyes like my sister once said. One second He is strong; the next He is weak but it is all by choice and all by His control.

Perhaps if we stopped being stuck up, “proper” people with sticks up their butts, we could dance with Him, play with Him, run with Him… UNDERSTAND Him.

So, maybe instead of being mad at His inpredictability,3 we could learn to love His charm and happiliy

hopefully

trust & anticipate

the surprises He carves out for us every moment.

God is no fool but He is no statue4 either. He is as dynamic as the wind.

No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: 

to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8 (NLT)

The Lord said:

Forget what happened long ago! Don’t think about the past.
I am creating something new. There it is! Do you see it?
I have put roads in deserts, streams in thirsty lands.

Isaiah 43:18-19 (CEV)

Then He said

“What if I pushed you out of the nest & then you learned that you can fly? What if all the things you thought you needed, you could actually do without? 

Just leave it to me!

TRUST me!”

Then He ran off so I could chase after Him.

“Stop being annoyed at what I’m doing. Come have fun with me!”

(ah the sweet sweet peace in those words)

This journey is not for the faint of heart and all He longs to do is strengthen our weak hearts. Allow Him to.

Allow Him to.

Some readers didn’t make it past the word “ass” because this is a religious blog
He: why don’t we have a genderless pronoun other than “it?” ^^
Like: not the same as “is” ^^
Inpredictability: I know. Just… try to let it go. ^^
Statue: I think we are the statues and we would rather Him be as predictable as we are. ^^
Photos: Kamren B Photography; Rod Waddington; Fede Racchi 
6So… many… footnotes

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Binary vs. Eternal

Binary vs Eternal

So, for an exciting start to our read, let’s talk about the meaning of the word, Binary.

As the first syllable (“bi”) suggests, something that uses a binary scale can only be in 2 possible states. For example:

  • The digit is either 1 or 0
  • The TV is either on or off
  • The answer is either yes or no
  • The situation is either black or white
  • I am either right or wrong

I think with morality, we (humans) find it easier to think in binary. We like to put things in boxes of two, often ignoring the reality that our world is multi-faceted.

That gives rise to a morality that makes us feel comfortable as long as we are in the “right” box. In other words, it breeds logic such as, “I’m not the worst therefore I am the best” or “I’m not wrong therefore I am right.”

I see a problem with that because we take a world built on infinite scales and divide it in two. We say, “As long as I don’t cross this line, I am fine” which breeds another problem because we have to define the lines first. Having to define the lines complicates things a bit so we develop binary questions that define morality based on God’s anger threshold.

“How mad would He get if I did this? Like HELL mad or like I could get away with it?”

And in our attempt to figure out exactly where that line is, we boil our questions down to:

  • So… can I have the cigarette or not?
  • Is it technically okay if I kiss/sleep with/date/marry this person or not?
  • Do I have to pray/read the bible/commune with You every day or…?
  • Is it fine if I smoke weed or nah?

We think drugs, murder, sex, money or some other giant, theatrical installment will be our downfall. As a result, we get in the habit of watching out for grand oppositions but end up missing something smaller in the process:

Our enemy is comfort, not a grand opposition.

Breaking things into binary (or any other finite scale) makes it easy for us to measure things and chew on things but, sadly, this world is not built on a finite scale, especially SPIRITUAL things. Our God is infinite.

OUR GOD IS INFINITE.

I think God’s scale is “more and more and more… higher and higher…” That is what I like to call an eternal scale. Something that is on an eternal scale has no beginning or end. It can go on forever either in the positive direction or the negative direction. So, instead of having a finite range of possibilities such as {0, 1} or even {-2, -1, 0, +1, +2}, we end up with {-∞ … +∞} i.e. negative infinity to positive infinity.

Sorry for the sudden MATH.

So when we are exposed to Kingdom mentality, abandoning all we have and all we are to the call of God, we begin to hear phrases like, “from glory to glory” and it is so far beyond what we have known. We even hear phrases like, “all have fallen short” as if to suggest that some are closer to the heart of God* and others are further away but even in our goodness, we are not perfect without God’s spirit.

We do ourselves a spiritual disservice when we (legalistically) boil our faith down into being nice people who don’t murder. I don’t think the question is “Where is the line I cannot step over?” I think our question should become, “How much of God’s Spirit do I want?” There is a treasure trove of spiritual blessings that await us. There is always more of God to be had and He longs to lavish His Spirit and grace upon us. We are welcome into deeper and deeper intimacy with Him. Anything that stops us from going further in that direction is to our spiritual detriment.

The Kingdom of Heaven is about terminology such as “baptized with the Holy Spirit and with fire,” “springs welling up unto eternal life” and “abundant, overflowing life.” Life in Jesus is so much more than “pass/fail” or “in/out.”

So then, it becomes (not 1 or 0 butor 2 or 3.516 or 7213 or 9, 386,124 or 15,888,384,169… which the ever-echoing question:

Do you want more?

As we take this journey with Him, more questions come up and as we wrestle those questions, we find the answers at His feet. With each answer comes a greater sense of freedom and a deeper sense of comfort and closeness to God. There is always more to be had. We live in an infinite universe and I want to take a larger and larger bite out of the spirit of God. We all have a deep spirit hunger for God’s light; it is something that will be satisfied by nothing less than Him (pure Jesus).

In conclusion:

(NCV) MATTHEW 19:16 A man came to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to have life forever?”

17 Jesus answered, “Why do you ask me about what is good? Only God is good. But if you want to have life forever, obey the commands.”

18 The man asked, “Which commands?”

Jesus answered, “‘You must not murder anyone; you must not be guilty of adultery; you must not steal; you must not tell lies about your neighbor;19 honor your father and mother; and love your neighbor as you love yourself.’”

20 The young man said, “I have obeyed all these things. What else do I need to do?”

21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, then go and sell your possessions and give the money to the poor. If you do this, you will have treasure in heaven. Then come and follow me.”

22 But when the young man heard this, he left sorrowfully, because he was rich.

23 Then Jesus said to his followers, “I tell you the truth, it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Yes, I tell you that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”

25 When Jesus’ followers heard this, they were very surprised and asked, “Then who can be saved?”

26 Jesus looked at them and said, “For people this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.”

27 Peter said to Jesus, “Look, we have left everything and followed you. So what will we have?”

28 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, when the age to come has arrived, the Son of Man will sit on his great throne. All of you who followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And all those who have left houses, brothers, sisters, father, mother, children, or farms to follow me will get much more than they left, and they will have life forever.30 Many who are first now will be last in the future. And many who are last now will be first in the future.


*“closer to the heart of God” – meaning some people naturally portray God’s heart of love more readily than other people.