You know the moments. My parents would have used the phrase, ‘ the penny just dropped’. Others might say, ‘it was a lightbulb moment’. The moment when we suddenly ‘get it’.
I’ve had a few ah-ha! moments this week. How about you?
One involved face masks. Arriving at the town centre carpark one morning, I reached for the face mask beside me in the car, popped it on, and walked across from the carpark to the church office. When I arrived at the office, I discovered I’d worn yesterday’s facemask, now covered in make-up, inside out. Ah-ha! and Ugh!
On a far more important note, I had an ah-ha! moment after our Wednesday communion service. I’d reflected on the parable of the sower, and the precious nature of the seed that the sower scattered – seed that holds the very essence of life – which fell in all kinds of places and grew in all kinds of ways. I’d highlighted that Jesus told relatable, meaning-laden stories to convey theological ideas rather than using logical, rational arguments.
Afterwards, Geoff Prentice said to me,
“Jesus’ way of using parables connects more with our right brain thinking (than logical left brain) – the realm of imagination and visualisation that facilitates transformation in our thinking and behaviour”.
Ah-ha! Of course! Thank you, Geoff. How very important that is. And how relevant to ministry with young people and people who are not familiar with the church and Christian faith on an intellectual level. For all of us really, who are trying to get a better grasp of what it means to live as a follower of Jesus.
A really important ah-ha! moment happened when I was at St Francis College 10 years ago. I heard the now-familiar expression that
God is already at work in the world.
Our job is to join in the dance.
That’s the church’s mission.
The mission of the motley crew that forms God’s family is to bring Christ’s message of reconciliation to the whole human family – to see where God’s grace is already at work in the world and to join in. we don’t have to start from scratch.
As we continue our conversation about our church’s DNA and where it is that God is leading us, I wonder what role mission will have in our story? How will we take care of the seed of God’s word that is planted in our lives and community so that it yields an abundant harvest?
Glynda Hoogsteden, a long-time member of our community, has offered to serve in a voluntary capacity as our church’s missions advocate – to assist us all to find opportunities to join in God’s dance of love and reconciliation in the world around us.
John Power, an Anglican priest who worships with us, is facilitating a gathering on the first Sunday of every month to nurture spirituality in relationships so we are better equipped to participate in mission in our daily lives.
Our kids church and craft group are joining forces in September to hold a craft fair to support an Anglican Board of Mission project in Africa. We will all be able to participate in some way on the day of the craft fair.
Another enduring memory from this week is seeing the face of someone in our community come to life when they discovered, that despite the progressing decline of one faculty, they could still contribute another much-needed skill to their group. An ah-ha! moment of great joy.
Being open to ah-ha! moments increases our capacity for experiencing the awe and wonder of life.
My final ah-ha! for now is the generosity I see lived out in the life of our community, day by day, week by week. A huge ‘thank you!’ to all who respond with donations of goods or time or resources or compassion to love and care for people in our community, known or unknown to you. May your life be blessed with many rich ah-ha moments in the weeks ahead as you continue to love and serve.