Thursday, August 12, 2010

What freedom might mean

"In the gospels, we watch a Christ who, in dismissing certainties, shows us what freedom might mean. We watch the way in which He enters into people's lives and dissolves an existing situation, whatever it might be. The likelihood was that the condition promised security, safety, but now Christ challenges the people to leave their nets, or to leave a nice, safe booth and to follow him. He says to Peter, James, and John, "Come" and to Matthew, "Stand up, move, walk, come with me." Our God is a God who moves, and He invites us to move with him. He wants to pry us away from anything that might hold us too securely: our careers, our family systems, our money making. We must be ready to disconnect. There comes a time when the things that were undoubtedly good and right in the past must be left behind, for there is always the danger that they might hinder us from moving forward and connecting with the one necessary thing, Christ himself."
~Esther de Waal in To Pause at the Threshold: Reflections on Living on the Border
*Pictured above is our farm- where all my earthly securities are stripped away

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Matthew 10: 34"Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn
" 'a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law -
36a man's enemies will be the members of his own household.'[e]

37"Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.