As I sat with the following quote, I sat also with the movie Sanctum, not a great movie, but a thought-provoking movie. Trapped in a flooding cave deep below the surface, the diver / explorers have no option but to go even deeper in an effort to find a way out – a way back to life, but a way in which much happens and much significantly changes and grows as a result of the process.
Here’s Joyce Rupp again, carrying on last Friday's extended quote:
“This going deeper always involves a leaving behind. We cannot go deeper unless we let go of the place we have known. To descend into the depths of ourselves we must be willing risk losing the security and the safety of that to which we have become so accustomed. It may mean leaving behind a certain self-image or some deeply rooted concepts, such as our understanding of what it means to be family or friend, or what it means to be successful or whole.
When we are experiencing groaning within us – those webs of confusion or disorientation or loss – when our life appears to be filled with failure and ungained dreams, when darkness looms up large against the tiny light of our hope, when our inner poverty gasps for a touch of fullness, when our brokenness cries out to be mended, it is then that our groaning is met with the Spirit of God who groans within us (Rom. 8:18-23; 2 Cor. 5:1-5). It is this God of life who blesses our inner birthing, standing by us, urging us to stay in the process, filling us with energy by the intimate touch of an eternal love shared within us…
…All is on loan…”