Sunday, January 20, 2008

a boxen of oxen

“Where there are no oxen,
the manger is clean,

but abundant crops
come by the strength of the ox.”

As Proverbs 14:4 so eloquently puts it, life is messy.
If you are living a fruitful, abundant life, chances are, you also have a few piles of crap that need cleaning up.

As a neat-freak, I’d much prefer to have some stuffed oxen standing silently where I put them—making not a sound, and certainly not taking a crap on my pristine life. Then again, as an adventure-seeker that picture of life is so boring I want to cry right here and now.

I would rather live life fully and have to deal with the messes as they come (sometimes they come more often, when they run into a fan or something similar), than stand around polishing my lifeless collection all day long—not even allowing tears of purposelessness, because that’s messy and I hate snot.

I crave reality. Give life to me messy and real or get thee behind me! I want it raw and wriggling.

Couple creativity with reality—make the messes of life beautiful. In fact, embrace the beauty of the mess, please, please don’t ignore or mask it. Recognize it for what it is and move on—making art of reality.

Making new meaning of “from ashes to beauty.” It’s not watching the ashes magically transform, like Belle’s Beast into a prince. It’s looking at the ashes in a new way and finding them beautiful for their own un-transformed qualities.


karleeanne said...

Clever! I'm going to have to read it again, I'm sure, because my brain didn't quite understand it all, but I know it's brilliant! I love you nnaoj!

Evan & Elisa said...

I love it! That verse is so poignant, and, your commentary is ridiculously insightful. Naturally.