Sunday, October 08, 2006

...somewhere in the desert

i saw what appeared to be a large bowl of pudding on a pedestal. several people hurried by quickly dipping in their fingers and grimacing at what they tasted as they rushed along. then i walked up to it. i stopped in front of it and stuck in a finger and tasted without hesitation. as i did, i found it surprisingly good. i stuck my finger back in and tasted again to see if the sensation in my mouth would be duplicated. it was.

i then stuck in several fingers and tasted more. i couldn't stop. it was all at once sweet and wonderful and exhilerating. the more i ate, the more i wanted. it was so sweet. i had never consumed anything more wonderful. "this shit is good," i said. the more i ate, the more i felt... connected. to everything, to life. and then i walked with hands raised and saw it everywhere all at once. so i went back to the bowl to see what was left and i saw some sort of stone covered in pudding. i proceeded to eat the rest of the pudding and uncovered a huge shiny pearl. i set the pearl on the pedestal to be shared with everyone because everyone should be able to share in it. it was not my own. i simply found it.

but when men saw the pearl on a pedestal, they decided rather than share it with everyone, they needed their own pearl. so several men made balls of cardboard and wrapped them with tinfoil and put them under white lights so they looked just like the pearl on the pedestal. and men were paying money for the fake pearls. and after they got them home, the foil fell off and they found out they had been had. humiliated. all because they didn't want to share the true pearl that we all already own together. brothers and sisters.

it's a family heirloom for all time. the pearl.

try it for yourself.

"this shit is good."


Melody said...

I loved this... Awesome.

Tessa said...

so did my own cryptic writing inspire you to be more vague? ha probably not.. but in any case im glad to get to read your mind again.

Wendy ftfs said...

Love doesn't make the world go round..
Love is what makes the ride worthwhile... God is love and whoever lives in love lives in God and God in them.

Matthew 13:10 "Why do you speak to the people in parables?"
Jesus replied, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. This is why I speak to them in parables: "Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand....

14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: "'You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts and ..... turn,
and I would heal them.'

45 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

Wendy ftfs said...

Hey Jon what do you think of this?

Rev 5

And they sang a new song:

"You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.
You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth."

The Lord purchased men for God with everything he had ... his very own lifeblood ... "the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.... went away when He found one and sold everything He had and bought it" ... I'm thinking that we are not the finders of the pearl ... I'm thinking the Lord has found the real pearls and made the kingdom of heaven from them. Real ones ... not fake ones ...

jON said...

who knows? the cryptic writing MAY have inspired me. but really this all came out on sunday night as i was pacing around the house and it just sort of came to me as a first person play. and i was actually doing the thing in the vision without anything there. and as i did it, i thought that it would make a cool wordless play. and then i thought... hmmm... wordless play. isn't that a mime? and THAT thought was too much to bear.
really the only part i acted out in worship was the eating out of the bowl and walking around with my hands raised. and as i reflected on what had just happened, it played out on a much grander scale in my mind as more of a full blown vision. and when i saw that, i simply felt compelled to sit down and share it. so there it is.

and wendy, yes and no. i think the kingdom itself is the pearl. and that jesus himself provided the way for us to be partakers with him in it. even though it is there all the time and you already own it, you need to change your mind to understand that. in order to see it, you need to be willing to eat the pudding.

Wendy ftfs said...

Yes, you may be right but the kingdom is also a FREE gift. At least salvation is ... so that would blow the idea of buying the pearl. Are the kingdom of heaven and salvation the same or different? Hmmm

It's the first time I have looked at the parable in this way .... appreciate your feedback. Just thoughts ...

Then there is this ... maybe these are the pearls ....

"The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven

has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance.

And then there is this ...

6"Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.

thoughts .....

do you pace often? lol


jON said...

yes, i pace often. drives erin crazy. after almost 10 years in the pizza biz spending 14 hour days on my feet, if i spend too much time sitting, i need to stand and walk around. usually late and in the apartment.

and yes, i think the kingdom IS salvation. or rather being an active member of the kingdom. and here's the thing. as a result of jesus' ALL ENCOMPASSING DEATH, we are all now members of the kingdom whether we realize it or not. the sin question has been done away with and we have now been ushered into an age of kingdom freedom. the question is, what am i doing with that freedom? i think that how much time and energy we spend building the kingdom here and now has a direct correlation with how much effort god spends in building our place in his eternal kingdom when it finally comes here on earth. like you said, just thoughts...

and the whole pig verse... never made any sense to me. seemed strange until i started throwing out pearls and finding them trampled and people turning to tear me to pieces. now it makes perfect sense. two sets of lyrics you may want to look up regarding this whole "pig" business-
"piggies" by the beatles
"piggy" by nine inch nails.

Wendy ftfs said...

So then the pigs ...
are they the weeds among the wheat?

jON said...

yes. this is the hard thing that i find with biblical interpretation. we all seem, to me, to live in different worlds of our own design. and based on the world in which we live with its given "norms" creates a lense through which we tend to view scripture. along with who its heroes and villians are when we picture them in our own minds. what happens when you have two opposing sides who each see the other as a pig or a weed? how does the one convince the other? or does it matter? "to his own master each one stands or falls". that's what makes me think no matter who we are, we serve god. i don't think we can get away from it. it doesn't matter who you are, god is using you right now for his own purposes. the people you encounter, the encounters you have and the outcomes. no matter what those outcomes are. even judas was serving god. we just don't like to admit it.

many pigs hold positions of power. as jesus said, we should listen to them because they sit in the seat of moses, but don't do what they do. listen when they accurately teach the word of god, but don't live it the way they do because they're missing the point. so if you were to just uproot these people, many would be devestated, i think. seeing their spiritual leaders suddenly and violently fall... could destroy a lot of faith and cause a lot of confusion. and i don't think that's what's god's going for.