Standing in the shower today my thoughts were on wildness, wilderness and my relation to both.
Needing extended time to be one, in the other, my thoughts turned to Christ.
Forty days in the wilderness when he needed guidance. The important thing to note is the difference in meaning and perception between our common understanding of wilderness as the media hype of beauty, happy, hippie, flowers full of peace and godly things. That's a conceptual notion based the "other", from our cities and our lives. Christ's wilderness was not the "other" but a place to BE wild. Free from the strictures of the time. A place to understand ones self apart from the rules, regulations and norms of society. A place to truly gain IN-sight.
My epiphany for the day then, in theme with Easter; we have spent the last 2000 years (at least) re-creating the Old Testament, not living the New-Testament. Re-creating the laws of Moses and dressing the Pharisees and the Sadducees in the garb of our lawyers and politicians.
Christ was a wild man! Think about the message. Live free from the strictures of this world, gain your motive, your reason for being from something higher than this greedy "civil" society.
With brief outings to wildness we grasp at flitting images, vague feelings of larger truths. Like dreams on the edge of memory after waking. The wisdom is there but hard to grasp, hard to remember. So we go about our daily existence with the same foreboding. Something is amiss, something is off kilter. Something grand and shattering lurks in the shadowed corners of our crowded daily minds.
Those corners are only searched when we have the time or will to neglect the clutter and clack of our useless thoughts, hourly schedules and dimformation.
Forty days and forty nights is a good number, a starting place at least. Time to rid the mind of external clucking and move at the pace of larger systems, with larger reasons. It creates the place within where, standing on the hill, looking out over Jerusalem the other son of God tempted " Look-all this can be yours to control, all you need to do is believe in it, forsake all else".
Yet Jesus replied "No".
A response that comes from a recognition, a cognition of the true value. What is life in chains? Especially those chains forged and hammered by our own hands. Day in and day out. Tempered Soul Chains, molded from the dying fire of our passions.
Live, Today!, Love, Today!, BE Compassion, Today!
"But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love."
adapted from a journal entry of 4-16-06