The tension between the way of the world and the way of the word creates a challenge for me, which is related to why I’m pondering the digital and visual world that’s being created. On the one hand there is a need to face as honestly and clearly as possible the state of affairs on this earth. In the words of an excellent allegory on life, “The world goes not well.” That reality comes clearly through much of what we see and hear.
On the other hand, there was a response to that honest assessment in the story: “The kingdom comes.” In an increasingly degraded world, there is the sure word that what we see is not all there is, that a restoration of all things lies in our future. It is, however, the nature of that restoration that it occurs largely unseen to a natural point of view. That creates a tension while living in a very visual world that expects speed, immediacy, and clarity.
Resolving that tension finally isn’t something I expect to happen, but there are glimpses of resolution in, of all places, my backyard. Things happen unseen, but signs are present.
You have to look closely, but that round blue spot in the middle is a bird’s egg in a small tree in our yard. Watching the birds come and go, and occasionally swoop at the dog when she’s been too rowdy by their tree (usually chasing a rabbit), has been a good reminder that growth and life and the promise of the future is present in the world, it’s just often small and tucked away until the right time.
Taking time and staying hidden doesn’t fit the digital ethos, though. And that’s part of why I’m pondering how to hold together the way of the meditative word and the way of the media world.