Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Harmony, Repair, Vibrancies, & Open Spaces In Jesus

I did it again this weekend. I went backpacking. I could not help myself.

I love the great outdoors and getting away from the claustrophobic “nature” of Northern Virginia where everyone is rubbing elbows and traffic presses into every crevice of space that you wish you could occupy and run free in, or at least drive in during afternoon and morning rush hours.

I visited New York one time and it was even worse. It seemed as if the buildings and the people were being poured out on top of you and you were being swallowed up into obscurity and chaos.

Backpacking in Dolly Sods this weekend was like the antithesis of this experience. The sods are an open grassy plateau where the sky lights up like Christmas because of the lack of light pollution and the silence makes your ears feel numb because there is no white noise of traffic, people and planes. You feel God’s presence. There is plenty of room for Him there. It is open and wild, wild in the way that life should be wild. It is free. It’s like . . . well; it is like a picture of Jesus from Colossians 1: 18-20:

“He was supreme in the beginning and—leading the resurrection parade—he is supreme in the end. From beginning to end he’s there, towering far above everything, everyone. So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the cross. ”

Seeking, harmony, repair, vibrancies, and open spaces in Jesus,


Peterson, Eugene H.: The Message : The Bible in Contemporary Language. Colorado Springs, Colo. : NavPress, 2002, S. Col 1:18-20

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