…and it covers like a mist, hovering over all times, each person, every situation, every possible variation on a theme, on the law,….the way of God in accordance with truth is a way as if ‘taken by a cloud,’ infinitely, eternally encompassing, diaphanous, not opaque, not black and white, not law, not head.
Hmm. That’s a reflection isn’t it?
Truth is I was prompted by the Spirit to not just pause this morning at verses, but also to wonder out loud – to come out of my hibernation for a minute or two and reflect with you.
It was the wording used by the Pharisees to trick Jesus by asking what was to them a yes-no, black-white question which triggered this personal reflection on Truth. For Jesus’ answer was anything but yes-no, black or white.
Instead, Jesus beautifully illustrates the mistiness, the cloud, the all encompassing, diaphanous grayness of God’s way and truth.
The scene triggered internally so many thoughts and prayers, making me aware that I have never really put Jesus to such a test – tried to trick him into answering questions about my life that seem discordant with God’s will, way, truth, and expecting a definitive law-based answer from Him. And with that thought, I landed here reflecting out-loud and praying a prayer of thanksgiving; thanksgiving for the well-with-my-soul-heart-head peace for all the times God’s way has been made known to me and I’ve traveled by His hand, His truth, into deserts, valleys, green pastures, mountain tops and bogs.
Lectionary Readings: AM Psalm 119:1-24; PM Psalm 12, 13, 14
Isa. 2:1-11; 1 Thess. 2:13-20; Luke 20:19-26
Psalm 119: 2 Happy are those…who seek him with their whole heart
Luke 20: 1 So they asked him, ‘Teacher, we know that you are right in what you say and teach, and you show deference to no one, but teach the way of God in accordance with truth.