It has been a strange week. A week of highs and lows in the extreme. I hesitate to spend time talking about the ‘lows’ …except to say that life is like that, droughts and storms, pain and joy.
So instead let me tell you about one of the ‘high’s’…my darling daughter turned 4 this week. It is hard to believe that my ‘little girl’ is 4. She is beyond beautiful and her ability to state the truth and observe grace is astounding. Celebrating her and her life is a joy and privilege. It is also a lot of fun. We gave her a keyboard for her birthday and ever since we have been graced by concerts and performances (partnered by a 2-year-old dancing). It also explains the birthday cake!
I have also noticed this last week or so that when things are confusing and painful, quickly followed by hilarious and fun, that I tend to gravitate to those things around me that are solid and familiar (even more so than normal). Coldplay’s ‘Parachutes’ is getting serious air time, old books are being dusted off and re-read, Amelie is getting worn out and old friends are receiving late night text messages (sorry!). While life is about the highs and lows, it is also about the things which bring comfort and consolation.
I have been trawling through the bible looking for some answer, some insight, some of this comfort and consolation, and am yet to find anything concrete…apart from this… Who I am, what I feel and what I experience does nothing to change the fact that Jesus is Lord. His Lordship is not dependent on my beliefs or my recognition. He simply is Lord. I am beginning to understand that Christ’s Lordship is both static and dynamic–- it simply is, and that it also moves, twists and turns to influence every part of life, and part of life is committing to finding it. It is not simple, nor is it a complete answer…but it is a start.
All this energy issues from Christ: God raised him from death and set him on a throne in deep heaven, in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments, no name and no power exempt from his rule. And not just for the time being, but forever. He is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything. At the centre of all this, Christ rules the church. The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church. The church is Christ’s body, in which he speaks and acts, by which he fills everything with his presence. (Ephesians 1:20-23, The Message)