11 February 2020
Invincible Vulnerability ~ Opening Thoughts
Greetings Dear Reader,
One of the hobbies I had as a lad was building models of the ships from Star Trek. They were plentiful then. I would carefully plan the build, setting up my workspace, reading the directions through twice, and putting the tube of glue at the top of the arrayed parts.
I would separate the pieces from the plastic tree they were on and practice fitting them together. After I had the process in my head, I would walk through it all one more time before picking up the glue and beginning to assemble the model. I knew that once the model glue was between the pieces and they were fitted together there existed little time for adjustment.
As the glue set, it formed a merger of the two pieces that was invincible. Some pieces were weighty and you had to hold them together until the glue was soft-set. Once in a great while, I would find a flaw in the joining after the glue reaches this soft-set stage. The pieces had begun to meld and were almost one. It took great care to make adjustments to this fragile vulnerability. Still, I had to find a way to manipulate the vulnerability of the plastic before the glue transformed it into a state of invincibility. That stage of invincible vulnerability is fleeting and demands prompt care and attention.
I realize that this sounds oxymoronic. Then again, some of the best concepts do. When it comes to the idea of becoming lovingly unoffendable then, it is this kind of vulnerability that is central to our quest. It is this foolish concept of seemingly opposite action that joins others like loving one’s enemies as paving stones for the journey home.
I wish to ponder this idea for a few days. It is essential to our journey that we see the deeper magic of how our armor functions. Though we are at peace, we war. Although we are going to be hated, we choose to love. Even when our enemies assault the true heart of pilgrimage, we are invulnerable due to our armor.
In the midst of the raging war between good and evil, we are required to be both vulnerable and invincible. It is something that has to occur in the moment of crisis. It is the time of action that requires the stillness of unshakable peace. The paradox of this vital condition is one that we must understand to live it out, Dear Reader. Please join me as we examine, lay out its pieces, then, carefully fit them together, glued into place permanently. Help me with your thoughts and questions as we try to construct the model of what we must be to continue to boldly journey to that undiscovered country.
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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