Love wants to reach out and shake us up
Be the bull in a china shop and break a few cups.
The Beloved wants to turn us upside down and inside out
When the Sacred is in such a “playful drunken mood”
Most of us
Quickly slink from the room
Hoping the divine won’t notice (a paraphrase of a poem by Hafiz)
There is one thing we can say about God
God is not safe!
We want God to be safe
And we want God to make us safe
We want God predictable
We even want to control God
Perhaps this is why we create a God who is not God
Jacqui Lewis suggests that some of us imagine God as punitive, angry, and vengeful because these are aspects of ourselves that make us feel powerful and protected,
rather than vulnerable.
And God knows that we don’t want to feel vulnerable!
It seems to me that God is often in the process of shaking things up
Isaiah images God as a 150,00 lb Caterpillar creating a freeway in the desert
And insists that God is always doing “a new thing!”
Can’t we see it?
Jesus certainly shook things up
Love your enemy.
Turn the other cheek.
Give away all that you have! Heck, give away half of what you have like Zacchaeus.
Bless those who curse you.
If you want to be great be a servant.
The list goes on!
It is not that God doesn’t comfort.
But as the saying goes, “God comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable.”
When we want to be comfortable God is there
Creating a little chaos.
Where do we need a little chaos today?
We all need some (I suspect)
Right now I would like to see God create a little chaos in the lives of others.
I would like to see God shake up gun-rights folk.
And pro-birth folk.
And I would like to see God shake the foundations of those who seek domination, who seek to control and manipulate, and ultimately abuse.
But in what ways do I need to be shaken up?
Where am I stuck?
Where am I too comfortable?
I do know this! This chaotic world
With creeping fascism in the US, and the pandemic everywhere,
This chaotic world with its racism and hate has shaken me open
As much as it hurts my heart (and gives me a stomach ache)
These last years have created an immense amount of growth
As I have been challenged to define, and re-define what I believe
I would love to bury my head in orthodoxy!
But God is not into orthodoxy (Jesus makes that very clear).
I would love to find comfort and security
But here I am, a reed blowing in the wind!