fredag 5. mai 2017

Holy unrest - a time for everything *

When I have chosen to concentrate on what the Bible writes about the period between Easter and Pentecost, my objective is primarily to discover how the pieces fell into place for the disciples. They learned some lessons by listening to the risen Jesus said and observing what he did, other insights they gained by personal experiences.

I have previously stopped for several aspects in the story about the two whom Jesus joined on the way to Emmaus, and there are more to be learned. “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over” was the argument the two disciples used to convince Jesus stay on. After it was revealed to them that their guest was Jesus, he disappeared from them. Then it is as though they were filled with a holy unrest:

“They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together”
Luke 24:33 
What they had experienced was so important that they had to find their friends at once. Then it was not any longer important that it was evening and a distance of 11 km to walk in the dark. It was a natural thing to do, although it was not necessarily the most reasonable thing to do. When there is a fire burning in the heart, that is more important than anything else.

I like the term 'holy unrest'. It makes us ordinary people start on a walk. It is not always we know where it ends, but if it is 'holy', it will always lead to a goal. And sometimes the walk itself is the goal because we walk together with others.

‘Manna' for today:

I want to walk calmly with holy unrest.
(1) Yes, it's me. Here descending from Gaustadtoppen.
* 'A time for everything' is connected with the Bible's teaching about a 'season for every activity' Eccl 3 This series is about the teaching in the time between Easter and Pentecost.

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