Earth is Crammed with Heaven
Dear Kaleid Ladies,
It’s fall, y’all! (Sorry – that’s too easy.)
Changing seasons get us excited here at Kaleid, because Kaleid is all about meeting the shifts in life with more courage, compassion, and clarity. And there is so much we can learn about engaging the new perspectives of life’s shifts through changing seasons.
First, a brief theology reflection…
In some ways, the 20th century brouhahas about the inerrancy and inspiration of scripture have led us away from the wonder of what theologians refer to as “general revelation.” (Side note…those are controversies about which we may know very little, in terms of their cultural and theological origin. However, we definitely live in their aftermath.)
The Scriptures are all about God’s “specific revelation” to people in Israel’s story, which becomes the world’s story through Jesus Christ.
General revelation comes through God’s created earth and our wondrous experiences and expressions as creative, created beings. These are windows into God’s heart and God’s story, too. Romans 1 affirms general revelation. The Psalms affirm it. In fact, once you start looking for it, the veracity of God’s revelation through creation runs throughout the Scriptures.
Okay. Theology reflection is done. Thanks for bearing with that.
Now the point.
It’s fall, y’all!
And at Kaleid we are in a season of being intentional about “Seeing the City.”
Part of seeing our city is simply taking note of God in the earth around us. It is lifting our eyes to notice the little things. How is the light falling differently today? What colors are on display on my morning commute or run? How do the creatures respond to a cool day? What stirs in me when I sense fall in the air?
And then, once we’ve lifted our eyes and noticed our place, we can let God connect what’s outside to what’s inside of us. What is God’s message to me today through the world around me? How does God offer courage, compassion, or clarity in my walk today—with myself, with others, or in my city? What direction is God pointing through nature…do I sense the movement of Father, Son, or Spirit?
The language of nature speaks volumes about God’s patience, faithfulness, gentleness, glory, care, creativity, joy, tenderness, majesty…we could go on and on. You live in a place that is alive with revelation. We hope you can take a few minutes today to let God’s voice come to you in your backyard.
Earth is crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
But only he who sees
Takes off his shoes –
The rest sit around it and pluck blackberries.
– Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The Kaleid Team
P.S. – We love this song Let the Ground Rest by Chris Renzema…it speaks of nature’s rhythms in an encouraging way.