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Think of a Rainbow
5/4/2020 12:00:01 AM by: C.L. Lawrence

        I was in conversation with a friend recently, in which we were fixing the problems of the world as we often do. We have quite different fundamental theological perspectives, about which we are deeply passionate, but it never seems to matter. We present our arguments, lay out the supporting points as we see them, sometimes quite emphatically. Though neither of us change our positions, (which is never the goal), we intently hear each other out. There are those occasional Hmmm, and Ah! Ha! moments, followed by a patterned response of silence, then laughter, and “Ok, I’ll think about this.

        By now, I can pretty confidently speak for both of us when I say, we’re not looking for a “win.” It’s the energy in the thoughtful discussion that lights it up for us. Winning an argument isn’t really a “win,” if winning is shutting the other person down. Shutting another person down is like turning out the lights. You don’t see what you might see if the light were to stay on.

        A win is when you walk away and feel peace regardless of the outcome. The best way to insure that is to be at peace with yourself and what you believe before a discussion starts. That way, no matter what flies, you’re still okay when you walk away.

        Have you ever read something perhaps from the bible or another resource that kinda arrested you in the moment, and you’ll never forget it? For me it was, I Corinthians 13:12 “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”

         I’m not turning this into a bible study but simply sharing an Ah! Ha!  I so clearly heard the words I highlighted. The concept of time marked by the words “now” and “then” (appearing twice) caught my attention.  

Now:

  1. Think of a glass being clear, yet to see darkly implies you’re not seeing everything.
  2. To know in part clearly means you don’t know everything, or everything you now know is only a part of what there is to know and shall be known.

Then:

  1. Face to face: there is another who brings or can shed light
  2. At some point in the future I’ll know what I don’t know now.

        On points of departure it’s safe to assume we don’t know everything. There’s that which we’re able to see, and there is that which we can’t see. When it’s dark you turn on the light to see better. Seek the “light” frequently.

        There’s a peace in the “now” because there’s clarity that will come “then.Wait patiently.

        Let’s take the thought to a lighter, brighter place. Think of a rainbow. Without the light of the sun, you see no colors. With the sun you see the brilliant colors and how each gently blends into the next; the light revealing something beautiful; a phenomenon invisible in darkness.

        If fear, ignorance, egomania, shortsightedness, closemindedness, “must win,”… block out the sun, we rob ourselves of the experience in seeing the beauty of the rainbow.

Seek the light. Always seek the light.

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Susie McCrea From At 5/5/2020 3:15:49 PM

YOUR POINTS ARE WELL TAKEN WITH MUCH TO PONDER, DR LAWRENCE. I THANK GOD FOR THE GIFT OF ""YOU"".

#Dr.Don From At 5/4/2020 11:58:26 AM

Well said Dr. Lawrence! Have a Blessed Rainbow Felt and Filled day.

 

 


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