So it found me.
I want to build a community.
I’m inspired by a guy who lived 2500 years ago, who wrote in his diary that he was cup-bearer and confedant to the Persian King and heard of Jerusalem’s affliction and couldn’t help himself.
I told you how ‘it found me‘ in a previous post and I’m grateful to everyone who read that and might even have been inspired by it.
This morning I read a post by my friend the faithful skeptic about ‘whose side is God on?‘ and I realized, because of the context, some might misunderstand what exactly it is that found me.
Nehemiah, the guy who lived 2500 years ago and who, through his diary, serves as inspiration for my current ‘foundedness’, impresses me with his ‘certainty’. He is in no doubt about what he should do. Perhaps, at the initial moment of his emotional affectedness, he only saw the vulnerability of Jerusalem and only wanted to rebuild the wall. Then as he was building the wall, he saw the empty streets of a desolate city and realized it needed to be repopulated. And as he was working on that it hit him that the city needs more than a wall and people. It needs a community who loves. A community who embraces and finds a new way of mercy and justice and kindness.
In fact if I read his diary I’m pretty much convinced this is how it went down, because it was only as he was working on the repair of the temple that he wound a discarded copy of Moses’ writings and read it and realized, goodness gracious, there is a better way of being.
So I’m not too concerned about something rolling out as it should. I think we do what our hand finds to do and one thing leads to another and another thing becomes the foundation for the next.
Nehemiah’s intention was a good one though and I imagine this is how it is, as our intention often determine the outcome of stuff.
Intention alone can do nothing. We have to work at whatever we pursue, but intention, I think, does determine direction and ‘way of doing’ and most often outcome.
So to be clear – my intention is not to ‘bash’ or ‘break’. My intention is to ‘build’, to ‘connect’, to ‘create’ and ‘inspire’.
It is interesting to read biographies, like Nehemiah’s diary. I see him building and I see people opposing his effort. Mocking what he is attempting to do, calling him and those who build alongside him ‘feeble Jews’ who are building something that can be knocked over by ridiculous foxes. Then I see them defying this mockery and completing their project, as Nehemiah says, because the people ‘wanted it’.
Now that I like.
This wasn’t Nehemiah forcing some grand project on lethargic people. It was an ‘us’, a ‘we’, conspiring and collaborating to do something they collectively wanted.
So when I tell you that ‘i found it’, I’m also asking ‘if you want it’, for it is only if you want it, that it will happen.
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