Once upon a time, yes its one of those stories, the Ear, the Eye and the Tongue got together for a chat.
The Eye was telling the other two about how it had observed something the day before. It had watched an event intently and saw all that could be seen, even picking out the finest of details. It had made its conclusions and was singularly focused in its view. The Eye felt it was right, even righteous, in its view.
The Ear had heard something different. It too was present when the Eye had cast its gaze on the topic in hand. The Ear had listened to all the sounds, the voices, the subtle little things being said, but it had drawn quite a different interpretation to what had gone on.
The two of them got together and compared notes. Each going through what they had heard and seen.
The picture changed for both of them as the jigsaw puzzle of the event fell into place.
It was quite 2 dimensional though, no depth, no real understanding.
The Tongue was champing at the bit to say something. It was often like this, and so it stepped forward, and took a quiet pose.
‘I wonder what we would have learnt had I been allowed to speak and ask some questions. Just some simple little questions to clarify our understanding. To explore the depth of the event, and add colour rather than develop a Black and White picture about it all.’
They both fell silent and realised that it was true that “When you assume, you make an ass out of u and me.” (Oscar Wilde).
When we ask clarifying questions, that have both depth and gentle curiosity, there is an engagement of Ear, Eye and Heart. We learn by what we ask.
When you have felt truly listened to, how were gentle questions involved?
A friend and I were talking the other day about Ticks.
Not the nicest of topics but apparently in Australia they have ticks that can cause paralysis to a dog, and then eventually death.
Reflecting on this I remembered what Dr. Larry Crabb wrote.
‘What is a tick there for, to bless the dog? Or is a tick experiencing its own emptiness and looking for a nourishing host to sink its, whatever it has, into the host’s flesh and suck out of the host what would bring fullness to the tick’? Larry Crabb
I love the Australian T.V. show ‘Kath and Kim’. It’s such a funny show, but there is one line that crops up in every show. It’s when Kath says ‘Look at moiye, look at moiye, Look at moiye’.
Consciously or unconsciously we all say in various ways ‘Look at me’.
Blaise Pascal wrote
“There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus”
Contrast our self centered focus of ‘It’s all about me’ to that of Father, Jesus and Spirit where there is an open flowing dance of love for each other.
Each one pouring all they have into the other and vice versa, all the time. A mischievous interplay of self giving and self receiving love. Hmm, can’t wait to be fully part of it!But back to our present reality. What do you think would be the risks and rewards of living a lifestyle like the Family? Giving ourselves freely to our family, friends, and even our enemies.