Sunday, November 29, 2009

When I don’t know up from down, I can at least ask...

On November 27th, a blogger named Jim Palmer asks his readers the following paraphrased question:

"For those of you who want something out of all this God stuff, what is it? In seeking truth, what are you hoping that "getting it" means for you and your life?"

On November 28th, at 2:43 am, a man named Andy attempts to respond to the question of what *IT* is:

Reality. What is. I believe that underlying all I see is something, someOne, I’ve come to know as God. This God has been revealed to me, in Christ — to the best of my understanding — as Love. So, to repeat, what I want is to know and live in Reality.

Right now I’m distracted most of the time by petty stuff. Sometimes I’m attached to things that fit my idea of “good” or “best.” (Some things really are quite good, I think. I don’t think it’s wrong to enjoy the taste of sweet success, or Thai curry or pasta with 40 cloves of garlic in the sauce. Who wouldn’t? Honestly, I think the “best of times” and the “worst of times” point to something more wonderful than I’ve imagined yet. I want to dive in deeply. What I don’t want is to waste my time with meaningless busy-ness, playing with words and mere images (I’m a photographer, and words themselves are images/symbols).

I always come back to “fear is the opposite of love” and “perfect love drives out fear.” When I don’t know up from down, I can at least ask whether it’s fear or love guiding me in this moment.

-- source: here



agent4him said...

I've been following Palmer's blog for the better part of a year or so, and I have similar sentiments to those you posted today on his blog and a similar reaction to the quote you posted here. I have been in e-mail correspondence with a couple of the regulars on his blog and have had very positive discussions with them in that "off-line" venue. I'm interested in your further thoughts about the apparent confusion reigning on that site.

Old Pete said...

I sense we are on a similar wavelength.
This discussion seems to have started with Jim asking people to share their deepest feelings - and then Audrey jumps in with talk of metanoia and going a lot deeper.
I understand something of where Audrey is coming from but there is something about "stages of faith" and the need to refrain from asking questions that people are not ready to even consider!
I've felt considerable empathy with Brian for some time but there is no apparent way of contacting him with a view to sharing thoughts.
In her latest post Audrey refers to trees in the garden. Is it a coincidence that I created a new blog last week entitled "The Garden of Grace" but have not started using it?
One possibility would be to summarise some of what has been said and open it up to go deeper.

Sorry this is so vague but I just sense that with Jim's lack of support that the topic will quickly die on his site.