Awaiting a Renaissance of Wonder

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I’m an in-betweener — waiting? How about you? What are you waiting for?

Romans 8:22, 26-30  22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; 23 and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. … 26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. 27 And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified. (NRSV)

[Scripture quotation from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.]

Ruminations on Romans 8:22, 26-30

Alright, I’ll admit it, I am an in-betweener. I struggle with living in the mean time, awaiting that clear call from God. Perhaps. There have been times when I knew with all clarity what I was called to do. I had been insisted upon — big time! But not now! And so I wait, with eager longing. When I look around me I can see that I am not the only in-betweener. The world itself is an in-betweener — in-between the Big Bang and the final Consummation when our sun collapses in upon itself and releases all its energy for continuing creation. Does the created order also yearn? Does creation follow an insistence. Of course there is human insistence — the creation is groaning as we humans continue to insist on raping and pillaging the environment. I’d like to think (I hope) that my anticipatory groaning and that of the created order are in sync — awaiting an insistent calling… not just from those in control of the human community, but from beyond… from God. Perhaps. The difficulty is that I know that such a call from God (perhaps) comes from within — a persistent nudging that will not let let me go. Unfortunately, those whose nudging comes from the desire to consolidate and control power and to amass economic treasure seem to have a stronger call than I do. Where is the “the Spirit [which] helps us in our weakness?” Where is the insistent unheard inner call? I wait! I want to be in sync with the Way Yeshua lived and taught. I want to know what’s next. I wait! Like Lawrence Ferlinghetti:

I am waiting for my number to be called
and I am waiting
for the Salvation Army to take over
and I am waiting
for the meek to be blessed
and inherit the earth
without taxes
and I am waiting
for forests and animals
to reclaim the earth as theirs
and I am waiting
for a way to be devised
to destroy all nationalisms
without killing anybody

and I am awaiting
perpetually and forever
a renaissance of wonder

Maybe (just maybe) I am not called upon to wait. Maybe waiting and patience are not the virtues they once were. Maybe it is time for a response, for action. Maybe the genius of that unheard inner call  is that it is perpetually “unheard.” Maybe “predestined” simply means that the calling is discovered in the doing, not in the hearing. Maybe “justified” means that the doing and the hearing  are in sync regardless of the order in which they occur. Maybe “glorified” is the fancy way of finally saying “Yes!” to insistent nudging that calls from within or without but keeps on calling, even when I don’t listen or hear.

Maybe I am to BE a renaissance of wonder!

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