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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Footfalls Echo

What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.
Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose-garden. My words echo
Thus, in your mind.

"The present and the past are perhaps already part of the future but the future is determined by the past. In this sense, all temporal experiences are in the present, at every moment, and we cannot redeem the temporal because it is never away from us to be redeemed. Also, and this becomes clear in the total context, 'All time is unredeemable' has another meaning: There is no redemption if we recognize only the flux, the ongoing change. Further, even the realm of pure possibilities, of things that might have happened, there is no difference from the temporal: Past, present, future and possibility point to one end which is always with us; that is, which end, as the Eternal or Timeless, immanent in the flux, is the ultimate source of explanation of it."

This notion of the Eternal or ultimate reality being immanent in the flux as the Logos which anyone can discern, but which only a few do discern, clarifies most of life. Consider the following lines;

Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose-garden.
My words echo
Thus, in your mind.

Acts 7:5 "... and God gave him no inheritance in it, not even enough to set his foot on."

The progress we make in life is an advancement in futility. We strive for an inheritance shackled by our past, motivated by the promise of the future, but constrained by the present. Each aspect of time influences the desire for an inheritance, a reward, a hope. In this present world there is a sense of the immediate which I believe has never been experienced by any culture before. It drives the world at an incredible pace without any concern for the speed of change and the lack of fulfillment. We are enamored by the 'flux' and in so fail to grasp the meaning of time. The promise is not one of the immediate, the promise holds time in place, putting it in perspective to the immediate, justifying the past and correcting the future. The promise is not the regret of times gone by, the promise holds the immediate in check to realize the possibilities of what the future hope entails. As we rush through this moment we are neglectful of our history, how we are shaped, the inputs of others and experiences that have made us into this unique individual able to focus and decide a future compatible with who we are. If we never spend a moment taking pleasure and finding satisfaction in the Rose Garden we will never consider the doorways that have been opened and closed, and then we will never view life in terms of Logos, that word spoken into our hearts at the intersections in our lives.

We have an inheritance, a spiritual inheritance, held in the promise of Abraham. It is in a word, the Logos, it keeps all that it owns. As we wander this Orb it is important to keep in mind that we are sojourners here, our inheritance is in a distant place, kept for us, promised to us, so that we are never without hope.

I hear so many people speaking of what has been, regretting their past and holding themselves ransom to that which is immutable, irredeemable and irrevocable. We cannot pledge our hearts and souls to that which we are impotent, helpless and vulnerable. We must recognize how powerless we are to change the past, how helpless it is to expect to control that which has already occurred, and probably most important, to realize that being manipulated by our past we are susceptible and vulnerable to any and all whimsical allusions to the promise of a better future, aside from that which serves the purpose of God for your life. We cannot grasp a fulfilling future with our hands to the plow looking back.
Luke 9:62, "... no one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom Of God."

There will always be footfalls that will echo through the memories of our mind, that is good, it means we were paying attention while life was happening to us. But remember that some of the footfalls were not your own, you may own them now, but be diligent in discerning how you interpret the footsteps that made you who you are today,
God does not make mistakes

"...human kind
Cannot bear very much reality.
Time past and time future
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present"

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