No processing. Just rest.
This was originally posted at www.ronnadetrick.com on November 5, 2012
We spend an inordinate amount of time processing, trying to understand and be understood, working to make sense of things. Endlessly. Impatiently. Exhausting-ly.
- We process through our day-to-day lives, not to mention the larger trajectory of our stories, our realities, our choices (or seeming lack thereof).
- We process in (and out of) our relationships, looking for validation, evidence, and proof that another can be trusted, relied upon, dependable, there.
- We process over our businesses and/or professional development, comparing and contrasting, striving and straining, testing and training and trying again.
What if we stopped?
What if we just lived our lives?
What if we just experienced our relationships?
What if we just allowed the ebb and flow of our business and profession?
Worthy questions, to be sure. But they pale in comparison to those which ensue when we consider our processing about God.
"Does God exist" is only the beginning. Assuming a "yes," we then process about what form God takes; about the various Texts that tell us of God: which one is truest, most relevant, least divisive; about others' said-experience of God; about how we should behave; about how God should behave; about how life should look, relationships feel, and business/professional development ebb and flow; about whether or not we can come to an understanding that is not steeped in patriarchy; about a way to craft a spirituality that allows for God but isn't over the top.
It's not that these are unimportant questions. They are the fodder for thousands of years of ever-evolving philosophy, theology, and psychology. They matter. But at what cost?
Processing often occurs because we are afraid. Afraid that belief in God (and in self/others) will cost us too much. But it's highly possible that we're already paying - in life, relationships, and even business/professional development. Our nihilism is creating more struggle than ease, more skepticism than trust, more doubt than faith.
What if we lived as though God does exist, wants our best, and consistently acts on our behalf?
- Would we trust more?
- Would we risk more?
- Would we play more?
- Would we laugh more?
- Would we forgive more?
- Would we love more?
It has been said that God's existence, presence, and ever-generous activity is not even remotely dependent on our accedence; that our managing, deliberating, and endless effort only makes us tired. That everything could change if we would slow down, let go, and have faith. That God changes everything. No processing. Just rest.
Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
~ Matthew 11:28-30