Tuesday, July 08, 2008

perspective

Perspective for us is easy to lose. I find this particulary so when I'm tired. It is best for me to take myself less seriously then, and to avoid as much as possible, any heavy duty discussions, or debating.

In Jesus we live and speak from the grace and truth inherent in him. It is a matter of faith, oftentimes, just to leave our life entirely in God's hands. And I'm reminded of what Martin Luther learned in the past: to go to sleep and let God take care of the world. Only God can do it. And we are included in that, in Jesus.

Any thoughts to this thought on perspective?

Tomorrow: Chapter 10: "Old Stone Church - love" from L.L. Barkat's book: Stone Crossings: Finding God in Hard and Hidden Places

11 comments:

NaNcY said...

i agree.

Ex-Shammickite said...

Congratulations on the birth of your new granddaughter. She looks so sweet bundled up like that.
Soon the fun will start. I know, cos I'm a new Nana.... my grandson is now 4-1/2 months old! And it's so much fun to watch him grow bigger every day.

-bill said...

Congratulations on the grandbaby!

When I think about perspective, I'm reminded of the development of linear perspective in the art world. There's more to be said about this than is appropriate for a comment. It seems to be worth noting that it took a lot of time, as well as a whole lot of trial-and-error learning, for some of the world's finest artist to learn how to translate a mathematically proportioned system of perspective into the theory that painting is an imitation of reality. Perhaps there is a lesson in this for us.

BTW, your post on "new chapters" is fabulous.

Blessings,
-bill

Ted M. Gossard said...

Nancy,
Thanks.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Ex-Shammickite,
Nice. Very nice. Good to hear of your little grandson, and thanks! Yes, we look forward to it.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Bill,

Thanks!

We do need to see with both the eyes of an artist and that of a scientist, and it sounds like this perspectival art is kind of a synthesis of the two, perhaps.

In Jesus we have both grace and truth, so we might say art and science, so to speak. It certainly covers the gamut of who we are, fully, for sure.

Maybe one lesson is that we can entrust ourselves entirely into our loving Creator's hands. Knowing he will make all things beautiful in their time, as we just trust in him.

You're too generous, but thanks!

The Walk said...

This is something I've been working on...or wrestling with, mulling over, perhaps.

I'm trying to learn to set aside even my deep, deep questions, leave them in God's hands and rest once in a while.

"Jesus prayed all night...This is important, how could you possibly take a rest from this?" A voice will seem to say.

But I know that if I do not find a solution at 11 AM, there's no reason to think I'll come closer at 11 PM.

In the end, I suppose He is our solution. If only I could see Him clearly!

Well, thank you for your blogging, sir. It's a blessing to me, though I haven't been doing much of my own lately...

Ted M. Gossard said...

The Walk,
Good thoughts, as always. I do appreciate how you work on these things.

I think this all involves our growth in Jesus. And involved in that growth is suffering. If true of the Son, who was said to learn obedience from the things he suffered (Hebrews 5), how much true of us? So what came natural to him, to go out all night at times to pray to the Father, and get up early regulary so I take it, to meet the Father in that way, came naturally to him, and surely he breathed, in that air all day. Such can come over time to more and more become second nature to us, so that we hardly even have to think about it. Though all along the walk in faith requires ongoing discipline, and ongoing growth, to be sure.

Thanks, and I've missed your blogging, though I've seen you at it here and there. Quite alright. Life does not consist in blogging! ha.

Allan R. Bevere said...

Ted:

Good stuff here. I have often referred to Luther on this in my classes.

It is interesting: the older I get I find it is essier to place some things in the hands of God, and yet certain things have become more difficult. Perhaps it suggests that there is a kind of wisdom that comes with age as well as a kind of uncertainty.

Of course, I am only speaking for myself.

Allan R. Bevere said...

...and congrats on the grandchild! Life is indeed good!

Ted M. Gossard said...

Allan,
Thanks!

Yes, I think I can say something of the same. In a way, easier and in some ways just more of a leap!