The Bible is full of symbolism and metaphors. Jesus said he will speak to us with stories and parables so that those who understand will understand, and those who won’t, don’t,
Gotta’ love that brutal honesty!
I remember the first time I heard reference to the Cross of Jesus as a symbol for the intersection of the path of love and devotion between us and God, (the Vertical line), with the path of love and devotion between us and others, especially the Body of Christ, (the horizontal line).
“An intersection is where two roads (or streets) cross each other, like a small ‘t,’ or an ‘x.'”
So, an intersection gives us a distinct point where two paths cross, and at that point there is interaction. In some ways, we stay there, balanced at that point where our path meets God’s. But, in some ways, both paths are unchanged in going on in their own directions. God’s path is unchanging, and ours can be too, some would say.
Sometimes, then, an intersection is where we meet with new influences, and have an opportunity to turn in a new direction completely, or go in our own direction with a somehow different outlook.
We have a local radio station that used the tag-line “The Intersection of Faith and Reason”, implying they seek and expound wisdom by faith. I just recently heard a pastor teaching on living in the intersection of “Intelligence and Instinct,” showing that the intelligence is wisdom from God, and the instinct is faith from believing. I’ve also heard reference to the Intersection of “Truth and Reason”, (that is God’s Truth, and our ability to process it). All being God’s gracious gifts.
“And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.” Isaiah 30:21
It seems that life as a follower of Christ means that I must live my life at the intersection of where I am physically at any moment in time, with where I am spiritually in my Faith in Christ. Both seem to be continuous and unbroken lines. At least, so far, I must live in the ‘sweet spot.’
The challenge is that this is not a static, stationary position. My life is in flux, always moving and changing, and my Faith ebbs and flows like the ocean’s tides. I’d like to say that both lines in my life are steady, and going in the right direction, but the truth is that I’m human still, living the curse of the first Adam, “Scratching out a sweaty existence from the soil, only to return to it.”
So, then is my life a series of intersections? Always starting a new day on my path, then meeting God there, and turning in His direction? If every day is a perpetual “step forward, then turn right,” am I not really just going in a big circle?
Maybe there is a different way to look at this, maybe in some ways an intersection is a good analogy, maybe in some ways it’s not. Maybe it’s more than a “sweet spot” that’s the pursuit, maybe it’s more than a “balance” I need. I need to look further into this…
“A junction is where one road (or street) meets another, but they do not have to cross each other, like a big ‘T.’ Or, even a ‘y.'”
A junction gives us a point where two paths meet, and merge into one path, they converge.
If you remember the first “Ghostbusters” movie, you’ll recall the power of their weapons was compounded when they intentionally crossed their ‘streams,’ right?
The changes happen for us when the ‘stream’ of this sometimes unreal and insignificant life, is intentionally crossed with the ‘stream’ of power and immeasurable authority of our very real and significant God.
The challenge, again is to keep those two paths not just crossed, but converged. I could step off either one, at any moment, in any direction, and be lost. My whole Christian experience then became a point in my path, an intersection, and I go on in reality unchanged, in my own direction. I’ve stepped beyond the crossing, and back onto my own path.
But, (at the risk of an incomplete Gospel message) let me say I believe the Hope we have in Jesus is that desperately hanging on to Him, through this life, we have a promise of New Life, and in abundance. Some of that New Life will come here in growth and transformation towards the very likeness of God himself… the rest will come after we sleep in Christ, and are later resurrected again, like Him to be with the Father forever. So, my path must not just momentarily cross God’s, but become ‘one’ with it.
The Hope, and the Power we have is in the Convergence of our path with God’s.
God created me so that He could work in my life, and so that I would work towards a life in Him, that I would merge onto the path He has for me. I’ve heard that ‘repentance’ can be defined as a change in direction, off my path, and onto His.
I believe I must live my life daily in the intersection of the ‘moment’ and my ‘trust’ in God… but it’s more than that, it’s also a junction, a merging, a convergence with his path.
“This is what the Lord says:
“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls…” Jeremiah 6:16
I see now that if I am truly effected at that intersection, if I am truly a follower of Jesus, then when I died to myself I died to the possibility of really returning to my old “path,” as it is no longer mine, the rope that I used to teather myself to it was cut. Any attempt to return to the old path now becomes unnatural, and a denial to my new life, in effect a denial of Christ.
Yet, in this life, it remains a choice, an effort, an intention. I must seek, I must ask, I must listen.
Blessings in Abundance… Michael