No doubt you have heard it said that if you study a language you will come to know the culture and subsequently the people of the language. God’s language is simple and yet also complex, culminating in the diversity of expressions we often quite haphazardly regard as ‘common’. People, and the seasons they live in, speak like a portrait hanging in the annals of time. Though there are billions of us, every human being is placed thoughtfully into their foundations, formed like a frame in part by their lineage.
It is comforting to read in God’s book of wisdom, His intentions displayed in the pictorial language of the heart of a mother who is bonded to those God has lent to her. We read that ‘He formed our parts and knit us together in our mother’s womb’, ‘He knows when we lay down to rest and rise up’ and that ‘He has affectionately written our names upon the palms of his hands’. This can be difficult to imagine but if we immerse ourselves in His language and the spirit of His culture we will gain wisdom and insight.
His-story is always speaking and so it is with us. We are a continuum of our forefathers and mothers yet completely unique as we reflect His person to the world we live in. I know that God loves diversity and differences both soft and bold by observing the stars in the night sky and feeling the textures in the blades of grass under my feet. We are encouraged to flow with the Spirit and bring forth delights the world has never known, right here in this place called ‘time’.
Where are you my pilgrim companion? Are you aware of the rhythm of His-story’s clock that ticks in the heavens? The sunbeams rise and fall and the earth springs forth pleasantries, yet the cycles of the seasons bring forth death also. Children go from innocence in a nurturing family to adapting to systems of survival. Yet in all of this there is a language, a people and a culture that is everlasting and eternal that stretches beyond our pilgrimage on earth.
We are synchronized by the Holy Spirit to God’s eternal clock and when we are birthed into the earth there is a purpose that is set into our inner workings. As surely as our names are engraved upon ‘His body’ we all have a birthright that our heavenly Father intends for us to possess. In order to do this we must first find what has been written for our time on earth. Then we must understand it and synchronize with it.
At this point you may be thinking ‘Okay we have language, culture, people and the timeline that we live in, so what’? The ‘so what’ is this; history speaks. Are you listening?
You and I have a natural lineage; we also have a spiritual lineage. If we are going to find our birthright hidden by God himself for us to discover, then we need to know our history and God’s. This requires dedication, soldiering, passion, study and time. Many people search their family lineage tens of generations back. In doing so they uncover much of what can be likened to puzzle pieces of memory. This is wonderful and adds to the portrait of who we are. But as followers of Jesus the Messiah we must know His-story through Scriptures and His people’s history through time. We would call this church history. (We will talk in-depth about this in a future blog – “Do You Know What Time It Is?” Part 2)
Now let us muse on the old worldly saying, ‘History repeats itself.’ Do you think this is so and does it apply to the church?