"The glory of God is man fully alive, and the life of man is the vision of God." -St Irenaeus of Lyon

Thinking about our limitations

Sometimes trying to take in life amounts to trying to drink water from a fire hose. The medium fails to match the task. Yet I think we can get hung up on the task rather than thinking about simply making a sojourn.

Agriculture provides many well-worn analogies for living in Christ, including bearing fruit and being good soil. Yet how can good soil help a crop bear fruit? Good soil can become a conduit of living water.

Yeah, I’m speaking about surface irrigation here where something rather incredible happens: the medium becomes the conduit.  The math goes bonkers, the system is widely known to be inefficient and to increase efficiencies you have to do strange things.  People widely scrutinize surface irrigation systems by citing uneven distribution: the soil at the top of the water’s run absorbs more than its “fair share” because the water just flows. Yet all of the soil must absorb and conduct water because failure to absorb means a failure to nourish the plants trying to grow… to that mystical “fruit-bearing”stage. The whole system works together to provide ample nourishment for the crops, even though it is a bit messy to work with in terms of measurement….

I mean the thing that rocks when we deal with Christ’s Love is that it exists without measure, a completely limitless supply. We do not have to worry about running out. Although it does stand to be mindful of how we might inadvertently pass toxins through the system. Crying out for purifying rains never is a bad prayer…

But sometimes we just need to deal with our inefficiencies, embrace the sloppiness, and appreciate just how radically small our love is compared with the love of Christ….


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