Is it funny to think of God as being on a mission?
Packing a bag, running through a checklist, hoping for fair weather?
It might be funny to us because most of the missions we run ourselves ragged completing, end up feeling so trivial. So thinking of God on a mission may seem like a case of anthropotheism — ascribing human behaviors and nature to the Divine.
But God does, as the scriptures reveal, seem to have a purpose in mind. The Spirit God is committed to the healing of all things, a healing that is produced through the reunification of God to ourselves, our self to our true self, of our individual selves to to each other, and ourselves to all of creation. And God seems committed to co-creating with us human beings, to accomplishing this mission by waiting for our conscious decision to participate with the love and grace that ties all things together.
But our problem is an ancient problem. Just like Israel in the Old Testament, we keep blinking in and out of an awareness of God, of ourselves, of the work. When we are awake and alert (surrendered, repentant, real) we see the miracle of new life happening, within us and around us. When we are asleep or when we are striving, we often find that we have lost that sense of communion with God and with our true self, with each other and with the world around us.
And so awareness is essential.
Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann has observed that the Old Testament (our earliest history of the mission of God and man, the story of Israel) is packaged in three sections — Torah, Prophets + Wisdom Literature. In Dr Brueggemann’s estimation, these three sections correlate to the stages of healthy human development — Identity Formation, Deconstruction, and finally, Learning to Be With What Is.
Join us this Sunday as we consider how our awareness of our development correlates to our participation with God in the healing of this world.