the gathering truth
One preacher gave the word picture I held on to – his word artistry helps me latch on to old truths in new ways. He spoke of the ‘tangled skein’ of voices calling to the rich fool in Jesus’ parable, and calling to us. The confusion that spins when we listen to a multitude of voices.
I looked up at the phrase. I do want to welcome the voices that will widen my mind and heart – while being rooted in truth and sensitive to beauty. But I lazily open the doors to the rapid-fire, constant stream of things, social media’s heart trap. The good there can be excellence, but by the time I find it, I have wandered an easy maze that’s left me dizzy and turned around. The discontent grows, rest comes slow, and I find another thing I must have or another voice I should imitate. Rather than growing my heart for greater love and creative generosity, I’ve let it splinter and unwind in a thousand directions.
The voice of Christ – it is always here, and always speaking. His word is the gathering truth that unites our hearts again to love him. There is where I must listen first and most often. Tangled skeins and unraveled hearts are straightened and bound up in Him.
I have found other clarifying places to linger, by more grace from His hand. Here is one, with A.W. Tozer’s helpful, humbling way: “While we are looking at God we do not see ourselves – blessed riddance. The man who has struggled to purify himself and has had nothing but repeated failures will experience real relief when he stops tinkering with his soul and looks away to the perfect one.”
It is the looking away that I need. When my eyes meet the truth, my hands stop their frenzied grabbing, sore from tireless tries to smooth, sort, and collect. I remember that I am being sung over in love by the lasting, shimmering One who keeps and helps. And as one shaky step follows another, I am sure that I am and will be filled with all that I need, heart thrumming heavenward home.
“But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.”