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Come into the Clearing

Written on March 10, 2016

I just lost use of my phone! It​ fell and​ broke. And this happened while on vacation​. The insides were coming out, so it is without resuscitation via two Verizon reps. ​This might disturb a whole society similarly. For me this means the temporary loss of my watch/clock, weather/news update, ​and permanent loss of calendar of scheduled events, and ​contact list years in compiling​. But ​the most withdrawal is over the loss of momentary access ​right at my fingertips to ones near and far. (​With all this dependence, it ​seems laughable it ​was ​merely a basic phone.)

“​It used to be for awhile that the river flowed right to my door. ​Making me just a little too free, but ​now the river doesn’t seem to stop here anymore” – Carly Simon.

I am sorry, but the first day without the phone carried a morose feeling. I was crimped. Nothing in my pocket. Nothing to reach to. ​Nothing to check. ​Unavailable. Inaccessible.​ In isolation.​

Several friends ​helped me clarify this opportunity and to​​ rise to what can be a revolutionary moment.

Am I truly Present? Ever? 100% to God, to people? The ​first and ​greatest ​Commandment speaks to ALL. All my mind, all my soul, all my strength. Is “all” ever experienced while I reach, I​ check…

In this recess​ there is​​ profound speaking​, Luke ​7:3​1:​ “To what then should I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like? 7:32 They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to one another,
‘We played the flute for you, yet you did not dance;
we wailed in mourning, yet you did not weep.’ ”

Wh​en a full dance or​ a full​ mourning​ is deserved​​, ​my inattentiveness cuts off the edge of dancing OR wailing​ and leaves me always muddled in the middle.

​Can I ever come out into the clearing with this continual distraction?​
Song of Solomon 6 describes someone who has come into the clearing. She is fully beholding and others are asking to follow her gaze.​ ​​She is fully engaged. She is dynamic. The others say: ​”​Tell us, that we may seek him with you (v 1).​”​
​We would want that.​

​By verse 5, it is full-fledged engagement. In the fully-present clearing (I believe this ​can be where we can​ stand and say straight to Him: “Jesus, You are the Son of God” [see 1 John 4:15]​)​ He says to her: “Turn away your eyes from Me, for they overwhelm Me.”

​This intensity is for being Present, fully present. Isn’t this more than a suggestion or momentary invitation to step into the clearing?

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