The Bible is filled with origin stories – it’s the origin story of our faith, setting up laws and morals to sustain a developing community that will become a nation, helping us to find our place in God’s world.
The characters in these stories are just like us – they’ve faced trauma, they’ve made bad choices, they’re not perfect – and yet they are all chosen and called by God.
It often takes me a while to recognize the way that my prayers are answered. My needs aren’t always supplied the way I expect. And there are plenty of times that I find myself laughing when I do: laughing at the fact that I didn’t see God at work at first, laughing at God’s creativity, laughing at God’s audacity to believe in me.
Daryl Davis says “when two enemies are talking, they’re not fighting. It’s when the talking ceases that the ground becomes fertile for violence. If you spend five minutes with your worst enemy — it doesn’t have to be about race, it could be about anything…you will find that you both have something in common. As you build upon those commonalities, you’re forming a relationship and as you build about that relationship, you’re forming a friendship. That’s what would happen. I didn’t convert anybody. They saw the light and converted themselves.”
The waterfalls and the noise of the troubles of our lives and our world are disorienting. When we feel under the water, remember to look for God. God is there – blowing a whistle and waving to us, trying to get our attention.
“The reign of God is not about condemning others because they’re different from us.
The reign of God is not about artificial borders.
The reign of God is not a place where we put children of God in cages;
the reign of God is a place where we invite people in to share the blessings.
The reign of God is when we can turn away from hate and turn towards love.”