Thursday, 19 January 2017

Run free

Jeremiah 12:5
God Replies to Jeremiah
If you have raced with foot-runners and they have wearied you,
how will you compete with horses?
And if in a safe land you fall down,
how will you fare in the thickets of the Jordan?

An unsympathetic response
from a distant, vengeful God...

A provocation to step up
and compete with the crowd...
An invitation
To freedom?
Which will you see?

Will it be a glimpse
of a God
far removed from creation
who cares not 
about human suffering
who is so divorced from the reality of life
that our troubles
are not present
on any radar?

Will it be a glimpse
of a God
who offers challenge
that helps us get ourselves into gear
to step up
that awakens a spirit
of determination
renewed purpose
who provokes us into
renewed focus and action?

Or will it be a glimpse
of a God
who recognises
that to run with humans
to get caught up in that competitive spirit
wears us down
and wears us out 
and offers an alternative
- the freedom
of running with horses
wildly, freely
with flowing manes
at one with the Earth 

God grant us the courage to discern your word for us, to hear your call to us and to discover the freedom you reveal.

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