Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Super power

I listen to sports radio.  At least some of the time, depending on the time of day when I'm driving my car.  Never at home, rarely during the morning...ok, so there are a whole lot of variables.  Anyway, a couple of days ago, all those variables aligned, like the stars or something, and I had the radio on.  And heard one sports show host ask his partner in commentary, "If you could have any super power for a day, which would you choose and why?"

And his cohost, whom I would have characterized as erudite most of the time, said, "The ability to swim with the fishes, so I could communicate with them."  The questioner had not a single word to say in response to this answer.

But I did?  Ridicule and disdain.  Seriously, buddy, communicate with the fishes?  Those cold-blooded creatures that don't even breathe through their mouths, let alone speak through them?  Those deep-water slimy things whose brains are about the size of a pea?  That's the great mystery of the universe you want to uncover--what fish 'think' about?  Wow, how impressive.

OK, hotshot, I imagined this man answering my mockery.  What would your answer be?  Quick, no thinking!  But it was already too late, because I've thought of this many, many times.  Not comic-book super-power, which is flat as the pages those 'pows' and 'bams' are written on. T hat I've given nary a thought to, but what I would answer, if God Himself asked me, as He did Solomon, what He could do for me is a question  which has pre-occupied me more than once.  It seems like something that is worth considering for any who wish to follow Him.  Solomon answered, "Wisdom," which is an asnwer I've contemplated once or twice.  But what really comes to mind, because it's the deep cry of my heart, now as much as ever, is the words from Exodus 33 (especially vss. 12-13).  I'm pretty sure I've quoted them before, but it's a passage worth repeating. Here's Moses speaking to God--as one would speak to a friend, the text says.

"You have said, 'I know you by name and you have found favor with Me. If You are are pleased with me, teach me Your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you." 

That's it.  The one thing--the Super power of eternity, so to speak: 'teach me your ways, Lord, so that I may know you and continue to find favor with you.'  Every other thing I might wish for is summed up in this thought.  Teach me your ways--that in itself contains the wisdom of Solomon.  Let me know You--and in knowing You, I will love and care for, and engage with all of humanity, all of the cosmos--because You do.  And Let me continue to find the favor with You that created this relationship.  His favor--the favor that created me in His image, led through a stable to a cross to a grave to a throne--rests on me already.  On all of us who believe.

What is a super power compared to that?  Teach me your ways, Lord.  What would you answer?  Think about it.

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