My mind wants to shrink things, down to manageable, understandable, controllable size. Wonder and amazement push back the boundaries.
After the resurrection… Luke 24
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet.
And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”
They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence.
He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”
Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.
Disbelief co-existing, for a season, with joy and amazement. It is a gift to me to be with people who see life differently. It is the gift – and the curse – of the analytical mind to reduce, simplify, and break things down. I’m pretty good at putting thoughts in their proper place. But to see the whole through the smallest of parts, that is synthesis, sight, poetry in fact. On this journey of transformation we need each other.
Transformation requires a Divine action. This divine action opens the mind to understand and moves us from wondering and disbelief to wondering and worship.