Sometimes life is just too much for us. We can’t handle it anymore. All the hurt, all the disappointment, all the ways we haven’t measured up (according to the devil, and even Christian friends, who are not speaking for God). Of course we don’t measure up; who does? We are all sinners. Of course we won’t do well in and of ourselves. But there is more, so much more. Beyond the finger pointing. Even beyond our actual sins and shortcomings.
Deep calls to deep, in the words of the psalmist. That is, in the depths of our souls so to speak, God’s voice in its depth comes to us. Only through this can we escape the shallowness of life in which we live. But this must be ongoing. With the passion of, or longing for the psalmist’s thirst for God.
As C.S. Lewis pointed out, we humans settle for infinitely less. We may even have a relatively settled faith in God through Jesus. But we can live, not in the depths, but in a shallow existence not much different than the rest of humanity who live essentially as those whose lives are simply life in this world. With all its own wonder and beauty, along with all the subtle and open destruction of so many fronts on every side.
God calls us, and then through us calls humanity to a deeper life, found in Jesus which moves us into the realm of shalom: the sphere in which God’s love is the very life through which all live. Which we begin to work out now in the redeemed community, and out from that into the world. Inviting others through Jesus, and beginning to work out the meaning of it for this world. In anticipation of the completion of its fulfillment in and through Jesus when all things at long at last are made right and new in him.
This must begin now with us. Process and mission together. Yes individually, and together in Jesus for no less than the world.