Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
Just got home from a weekend at Powell House in NY on "The Greatest of These is Love". Like most of the weekends I spend at Powell House, I came away with a mini-revelation of how God is working in my life. Being a bible believing disciple of Jesus I find these weekends with fellow Christ Centered Friends fill me with the Holy Spirit and energize me for another year of service at my Monthly Meeting and recently the YM as well.
This year my mini-revelation concerned how Love moves in my life and its dependence on relationships. I was shown first that by making Jesus the center of my life His love flows through me. Like a river it washes out the zigs and zags of my own character as it surges along the shoreline of my heart, the protection of which I have made a priority since 1978 when I added Proverbs 4:23 as a footnote to my letterhead. How fast it flows through me depends, just like a river, on where I direct it. When I am in relationship with people who are needier than I, it flows faster. When all my relationships are with peers it flows slower. (NOTE: Being in relationship is not the same as supporting a "cause". It's direct involvement in a person's life in one way or another- being vulnerable either emotionally, economically or physically.)
Back in my civil engineering studies I was taught that the amount of water flowing through a section of a river (Q) was the product of the area of the section and the water's velocity. The velocity was a product of gravity. The steeper the drop off in the river bed the greater the velocity, which basically means that the greater the difference in elevation between the source of the river and the destination into which it feeds, the faster the water will flow. Over time those areas of the river that are narrow and restrict the rivers flow are enlarged by the force of the flowing stream.
There are many parallels between nature's rivers and our condition.
For starters, like a river, when I don't have relationships I act as a dam, holding back God's love from those who would naturally benefit from that of God in me.
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith.