From my apartment’s rooftop on New York’s lower east side you have some great views; midtown with the towering Empire State and Chrysler Buildings, south towards to Brooklyn Bridge, and east with Seward Park giving way to the Queens skyline. The scene is peaceful, awe inspiring, and worrying. There is too much for any one person to take in. The potential within each sight line defies one’s imagination. It’s easy to be paranoid and optimistic in the same instant.
I wonder what it would be like if the things we can see from a distance could talk. What would the midtown stories be? How would the Bridge share its experience? Would I muster the courage to listen to the Park?
Embedded in my questions is a simple fear that I find many carry with me. We worry about the present and the future. We carry guilt from the past. We struggle to deal with the present. We do not understand and often cannot see anything in the future. In short, we worry, about any and everything.
On the list of things I worry about God plays a prominent role. I know Divinity is a player, in our personal lives and in the world around us. It is hard to know exactly how Divinity fits in. Even when I put this to one side I find the list of things I “need” to be concerned with ever expanding. How am I doing personally? What about ________? (Your answer follows the same line of logic as mine) Is there anything I can do about today or tomorrow?
The answer is twofold. “If you're going to worry, worry about The Holy. Fear God-of-the-Angel-Armies. The Holy can be either a Hiding Place or a Boulder blocking your way, the Rock standing in the willful way of both houses of Israel, a barbed-wire Fence preventing trespass to the citizens of Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 8.13, 14)
Second, in this context you and I have a choice. How do we want to relate with and to God? The answer shapes our sight’s voice.
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