Keep our eyes on Jesus.
It takes us from a place of being victims and feeling helpless in the crisis to being victors and being empowered by the very same crisis. To not stop but to excel and become the first responders.
I couldn’t help but be moved by Boris Johnson’s full speech on Easter Day. A victim of coronavirus But made so much wiser from that experience as to what he sees as priorities, values which will give power to his responses and leadership and make him the victor of what could have killed him but did not.
Also I see it giving mankind an opportunity to cast aside our political differences, previous prejudices, personal convictions and judgements and produce in us some well wishes, concern, compassion and genuine joy at his recover. I wonder if some people are amazed at that transformation within themselves much less others too. A true work of God and the Holy Spirit. Also a sense of sadness for those remaining untouched.
I wonder if it is a sign of our need to be united in our thinking for the common good of each other, society and the world not fragmented.
A shift seismic in its scale if so.
The image of God not only being the dancer leading the moves of the dance but of God being the Dance.
Richard Rohr wrote a book called ‘The Divine Dance ‘ in which he likens the whole Christian perception of the Trinity which Church and theologians have created as being the oneness of the three Godheads of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
It is given the name of Perichoresis, meaning a circle dance, the unending flow of giving and receiving equally setting motion into action when it is between three entities. I imagine it like a water wheel where the one cup fills to overflowing and tips into the second which does likewise into a third. It sets motion and commences to rotate.
It cannot be achieved with less than three.
The Trinity three equal in power, with all of us being invited to participate in this Rhythm and flow and become united as one also.
To allow the flow of Jesus and the Holy Spirit and God to lead us.
The illustration was inspired from a fond memory some of you may share with me of my Dad holding me firmly by the hands and inviting me to stand on his feet to be swirled and danced around the room no clumsy, out of time stumbling.
The joy and the trust and intimacy felt then akin to dancing likewise with Jesus.
To be in tune with the Holy Spirit and to follow and be moved where He leads without resistance is true submission.
The Spectrum and swirl representative too of the Holy Spirit and being in the momentum of the Trinity.
The three scriptures brought to mind:
Direct my footsteps according to your word. Psalm 119. V133
The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you. He will never leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid do not be discouraged. Deut 31 v 81
Submit yourself to God. He will draw near to you James 4 v 8