Good Day, God!
I keep puzzling about how You have put us in TIME. I’m pretty sure You dwell in Non-Time — whatever that means! But, one thing our about being creatures living within Time . . . we have to deal with CHANGE. Lots of change. It is all part of Time Passing.
This Sunday we took a visiting friend to the Bishop Museum and she wanted to see the Planet Shark exhibit. So my wonderful husband Kit and I trooped along. We did learn how remote our chances are of being injured by a shark — so we OUGHT to be less afraid. (I’m not.)
But this poster is what hit me. Sharks have survived 5 Extinctions. FIVE! Gosh, if we are in the Sixth Extinction now, that means sharks have survived ALL the previous extinctions. That was impressive.
But MORE impressive was the thin white line at the top which represented how long we humans have been here on Planet Earth. Hmm.
This awareness was compounded by a long article in this month’s Discover magazine
about how asteroids hitting the earth seem to be in a 32 million year cycle as we pass through a dense disc of dark matter in our galaxy. Not good. I didn’t want to know when the last big hit was!
So, as a dear friend said the other day, “The World really must be coming to an end because my ‘do-it-yourself’ husband hired a plumber!” It was a joke, of course. But, with all the information flooding though our minds it is easy to feel the world as we know it is ending. It is hard to feel safe nowadays.
And I understand that when we humans do not feel safe — we look for someone to blame. Blaming another group . . . being angry . . . seems to make us feel like there is something we can do to protect ourselves.
I am telling You this, God, because I need Your Help. I need to know that success and survival are not Your goals for me. Your goals are both simpler and harder –that I would let You in to love me and expand me and flow through me.