tag : bright yellow-green apples: in praise of flux

"I see little point in persisting in a discussion with one so obstinate as you" Martin White

Friday, October 22, 2004

in praise of flux



figure 6.7. unpredictable currents

Certainty is somewhing which seems to be highly valued, so many look for a fixed rock to rest upon. Bearing in mind some balast is needed, a centre of gravity to ensure we're not all individually anarchic atoms, I wonder if it can go too far to the safety default. I remember someone once saying that a kite needs string to work, and that's true to some extent. But what gives it life and purpose is the wind.

"The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going..." John 3. 8.

There might well be something reassuring in in the words of Jesus for these times of aparently constant change. There is a resource for living with the fear of change if we're willing to trust to the helper, willing to be open to movement by the wind, wherever it might blow, for it to use change for the good. And anyway, isn't it better to be flexible to the wind's prompting than surely certain and fixed against it's possibility? The spirit tends to subvert our expectations when involved in our lives.

6 Comments:

Blogger ash said...

laurence... you sound posatively charasmatic. ;o)

i like what you're getting at tho, a lot. it is when we allow ourselves to be taken to places we didn't expect to go, that we may truely help others and gain deeper insight into the character of God. (i would guess...)

-ash

11:06 PM  
Blogger postliberal said...

Well you used the word "eclectic" as one of your aspirarions. This is something similar, an attempt to unselfconciously seek out what can move in very tradition. I'm not actively picking out this and that, so much as letting it brew in my mind and then spew it out in messy reworkings. If that includes the old charismatic movements, so be it - just don't expect me to go all firmly biblically protestant on you any time ;)

1:40 AM  
Blogger andy goodliff said...

ok, the first time I've commented here - but I'm interested in what you mean by "biblically protestant"? and I guess related, what do you mean by "post-liberal"?

10:14 AM  
Blogger postliberal said...

Thanks for the comment from such an esteemed writer - or at least from what I've read in your own space anyway :)

~biblically protestant~ That was more a kind of impressionistic term, not really focused. By which I’m referring to the kind of Church which is very ‘reformed’ in character – like the chapel I go to, where the pulpit and the word is the centre, where songs are sung and a sermon heard, the prayers are outloud ect. ~post liberal~ It’s so nebulous as to be hard to consider. I suppose I mean something along the lines of affirming the open questioning, pluralistic ect. but going on to try and bring in story, myth, sacrament, art & creativity, mystery, ect. which might sometimes be missing in the more rational ‘straight’ liberalism. Or it could be pretentious twaddle. Or both.

These links might also help, though might just make it more tangled in fluff:

a vision
who do you look to
dystopian mini-chapel

1:03 PM  
Blogger mary said...

i have read and i understand!
(major event)

i agree with this.I think change is good; you shouldn't get too attached to where you live or work, the way you expect god to work in you cos he's worked in you that way before. You should be open to change and shouldn't discount it because you've "always done things this way".

(does subvert mean change? i think it does but don't want to sound like an idiot by assuming it does...)

anyway, tis all very profound.well done.

3:57 PM  
Blogger postliberal said...

Subvert is change which bypasses givens, undermines expectations and norms. Think St Peter's vision on the roof (Acts 10.)

Thanks muchly for the comments, & it goes without saying I’d quite welcome the odd challenge myself - as nice as it is to find plenty of sympathetic voices around ;)

12:54 AM  

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