Drop Forged

"...while the whole moves and every part stands still." ee cummings

If it ain't fixed...

"And many of the people believed on Him, and said, When Christ cometh, will He do more miracles than these which this man hath done?" (John 7:31)

Interesting. So the things He did apparently weren't enough. But it does qualify it beforehand with "many of the people believed on Him". That's what Jesus came to do, to get us to believe—one of the things, anyways—and that's where we start.

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He (and she) that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." (John 14:12)

Have you ever looked to the heavens and wondered if the circumstances in which you find yourself (hopefully you've found yourself) weren't touched upon by Jesus or the apostles? How 'bout the odd and obscure story tucked away in some dusty Old Testament tome? Surely there's some minor prophet or runaway slave or pagan king touched upon in the Word of God that went through what you are! There wasn't? Impossible. But it's the Holy Bible for God's sake. Actually, rewind this reasoning a tad and let's look at it a little slower and (hopefully) from the bottom up.

Fixed points

You believe in God, right? You accepted Jesus at some point in your past and you know you're on the right road. Did you receive a special anointing either from some time spent alone with God or having been touched by another believer? Okay. These things are solid. But it doesn't mean you won't ebb back into states of darkness and unknowing as you make your way more fully into that which God is asking of you. Think about these things. These are the fixed points of your walk in Christ. Now think about their constituent parts. Love. Joy. Peace. I find that if I focus on the broad strokes of what I'm going through (forgive me for not being specific to my life—think about yours instead), i.e. the players and the timeframes or deadlines inherent to their involvement, I tend to forget that God may, may be leading me into territory that falls under the banner of "greater works than these". And if Jesus hadn't said what He did in the fourteenth chapter of John, I question whether or not I'd have the kernel of wherewithal from which to launch out in belief. Belief that, in spite of not seeing any readily discernible parallel-stories from either testament, I was actually being led of God through certain seasons of my life. Because, while I may not have experienced the inside of a jail, I have indeed felt the dull pain of a bleak future and hopeless outlook for the same. That's redundant and yet there are more synonymic layers of description I could write, adding to the feeling. Like a sword over which thin sheets of metal are folded and then hammered prior to being heated and then supercooled. I digress.

Moving parts

Here's something you should wrap your mind around. Hopefully I don't sound heretical here, but the Bible is an anthology. Yes, it's the Word of God but look at what Paul says: "Ye are our epistle written in our hearts..." (2 Corinthians 3:2) The Bible is still being written today. The story of God's involvement with humanity doesn't stop with Jesus' Ascension or after the Book of Acts. The letters Paul sent to the churches are brief but powerful fixed points from which to hang our lives and thoughts and then let the Holy Spirit broaden our horizons from there. Understand that what we go through, as led of God, won't supersede nor conflict with what went on before, but will complement the story God is telling now. Through you. You are God's proxy in whatever situation you find yourself. And if you haven't found yourself yet, God's got you. He won't let you fall.

"Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but Thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place." (Psalm 66:12)