You take the long view.
As for me, I only think I do.
You see the entire big picture.
I can’t even see one small corner of its frame,
though sometimes I think I do.
You know every consequence of every action
and every chain of events that will follow after.
I can’t even think beyond one or two of them
most of the time.
You planned humanity’s future
before even our First Parents had ever sinned.
Some days, I have trouble planning
what I’m serving my family for dinner.
You planned Israel’s deliverance from Egypt
many generations before any of them ever lived there.
I have to make lists in advance to organize what to pack
when I go away for a weekend.
You want me to see eternity.
I’m sitting in physical time and space.
You want me to understand and contemplate forever.
I live in the here and now.
You want me to live in Your Rhema, Kairos words and world.
I live in a Logos, Chronos time and place.
Like Nicodemus, to understand You, I must be born anew.
My paradigms must shift.
My vision must change.
Only then will I fully understand
how it is to live
as a fully spiritual being
in a wholly physical existence.
(Written after a sermon on John 2:23 – 3:15.)