God is chalk full of surprises. The question is - are we able to see? Faith development, spiritual growth is just that – it is process not a one hit wonder – not a magic pill. It isn’t magic in that way. I have a pretty dramatic and radical experience of the divine. In many ways it looks to many, and at times even to myself as if I suddenly went from being broken, abuse victim with a hole in my soul – to having an experience or encounter with the sacred that made me whole - an now life is good, wonderful, prosperous etc. I call this “don’t worry be happy” theology. My life sucked, took the Jesus pill, now life is full of sweetness, light and delight. I’m diabetic so sugar is not my friend – now what?
Last week we took a bit of the proverbial apple of knowledge. Only to discover how good we had it before we knew how good we had it. Snap the shit just got real. In discovering the questions and exploring the infinite possibilities we find ourselves playing in the mud. The consequences to which can bring benefit or destruction. The earth brings many healing properties and the minerals found in the land are also found in our own bodies and need to be replenished. Making mud pie can be fun. Mud also can contain harmful parasites that invade & kill our bodies. After playing in the mud it is always good to shower or bath and change.
So once again we discover death by knowledge. Except didn’t we say Jesus was the resolution. Now we can be clear – perhaps. Jesus dies for sin, is then raised again – to/for what? “Jesus saves” “Jesus died for you” “Jesus forgives you.” Saves? – from what or why not prevent? Died for me? – how does Jesus dying have anything to do with me? Forgives? – for what being born – deciding to be tortured by the people responsible for taking care of me? After a child plays in the mud a nurturing parent helps to clean the child, teaches the child how to clean up after themselves, and mops up what the child missed & provides a clean outfit. And soon they move on to a new activity – how about playing with the crayons.
And so out of the grave Jesus comes to play. He has handed me a new set of crayons, and given me the choice of a number of ways to use them, in coloring books those where the pictures have rigid lines, and those that the edges aren’t so clear, all the way to blank sheets of paper to create something original. The picture that is in my imagination is fluid, full of depth, texture, color, vibrancy and contrasting elements of light & dark, fire & water, earth & sky. I’m not sure even the piece of paper is enough – what if I want to color on the wall – it could use some color. I think crushing a little sand into the paper would give it texture don’t you? Uh-oh – I just ripped the paper. Oh – look over there paint – how about a mural. Yea – a mural of depicting the spirit of my favorite healing plant - cannabis. Oh – set in a party celebrating the resurrection. Oh- wait what if I painted it on the side of the church building.
Jesus has a box of colors for you and wants to play.