Originally posted by 3NL1GHT3N3D1
reply to post by NewAgeMan
How did he know what?
How did he know that he would already be present at your realization, that he would intersect you and meet you half way at some particular half way
point, like the father in the story of the prodigal son, who doesn't wait, and then scold, but who RUNS to greet his returning son even when he sees
him at a far distance, who, having come to his senses on a very bad pig farm, now makes his way home to a joyful hug, and a fresh pair of sandles, a
magnificent robe, a ring, and the invitation to the celebration of the ages, where one who was lost is found, and who was dead, is alive again.
The interesting part of that parable, is the elder brother, who, having always remained and served the father, on hearing from a servant what was
happening, in outrage refused to go in for the party angrily saying to his father "but he went and blew his inheritance on riotous living, and here
you are throwing him a party and slaying the fatted calf when you've never so much as given me a goat for me and my friends - to which the father
pleaded with his son, but son, everything I have is already yours, and you have been and will be with me always, but this, your brother, he was dead,
but is alive again, was lost, but now is found!
It's the one reasonable thing when everything that was absurd came to light as being absurd, leaving us open, at last, like children, to explore the
world that God has given us, with open eyes and a loving heart. It's gravely humorous in a strange sort of way where joy is capable of overcoming
sorrow, and then we know that Jesus IS still Jesus, where Jesus is also the very best of the best possible part of ourselves as we really are ie: our
truest and most authentic self.
How did he know what?
How did he know how get so far ahead of the curve, that the last laugh and the joy is forever preserved by God, and then reserved and given freely to
us, through the son. It's like a "done deal" that all we have to do is catch up to, but when you get there, all of a sudden you're in a whole new
game of life, and that's empowering, and eternally optimistic, especially when the final object of history is a joke at the expense of all our prior
ignorance and stupidity. So there's a lot of comedic material there for generations to come.
How did God know when we would find him, and on finding him discover that he'd already found us before we even knew what was happening.
That kind of thing.