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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Divine Humility

FromWindows of the Soul: Experiencing God in New Ways by Ken Gire, from pages 43-44.

...How many times have we failed to see the heavenly blaze in the earthly bushes we brush by every day on our way to somewhere else? How many times have we failed to hear what was spoken to us there?

A story is told of a pagan who asked a rabbi, "Why did God speak to Moses from the thornbush?" For the pagan thought God should have spoken instead in a peal of thunder on the peak of some majestic mountain. The rabbi answered, "To teach you that there is no place on earth where God's glory is not, not even in a humble thornbush."

Can we see the divine humility in the way that word of God was spoken? Can we see the even greater humility when the word of God was spoken in the middle of the night through the splayed legs of a teenage girl in the barnyard stench of a stable, where divine eloquence was reduced to the whimper of a child?

But why was the word of God so spoken? Why then? Why there? Why in that way?

To teach us, I think, that there is no time, no place, no event so earthly that God cannot be there, speaking through them. These moments where earth is crammed with heaven, these Bethlehem moments where something divine is birthed through very human wombs, will go unnoticed unless we realize the meek and unassuming way that God characteristically comes.

If we are to see the divine artist's soul mediated through the lesser things of flesh and blood, field and stream, flute and drum, we must look for windows in places we are unaccustomed to looking, in small towns and in stables. We must listen for the voices we are unaccustomed to hearing, a star in the sky saying, Come this way," or a dream in the night saying, "Go another way." We must look in those windows and go on looking until we see something sacred in the straw.

Jean says:

I'm not so sure I agree with everything Ken Gire is saying here, God. But I do agree that there is no place on this earth so humble or filthy that You cannot or will not go there. I agree that we must look in unexpected places to see You at work in our lives and in our world.

When I think of You, Almighty Creator and Ruler of the Universe reducing Yourself to the size of a woman's ovum I am flabbergasted. I am overwhelmed with awe that You would so humiliate yourself.

Humiliate. Humble. Human.

"And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. (Philippians 2:8)

"God with us." (Matthew 1:23)

Open my eyes, Lord, to notice those unexpected places You are with us. Pull back the veil and let me see Your power, Your love and Your beauty displayed through the smudged windows of our shabby little world.

God says:

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, Little One. (Philippians 2:5) Will I find you in unlikely places, serving unlikely people in unlikely ways?