27th September 2020

Slow-Release Truth 

“Whom will he teach knowledge? And whom will he make to understand the message? Those just weaned from milk? Those just drawn from the breasts? For precept must be upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little.”
Isaiah 28:9-10 (NKJV UK)

“Tell all the truth but tell it slant—
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth’s superb surprise
As Lightning to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind—.”
This is Emily Dickinson’s poem 1263. She commends us sometimes to speak indirectly, especially when sharing deeper truths. Rather than always speaking plainly, our minds seem to remember facts better and get more out of them when they are embedded in a story.

Think of this: If someone is sacrificially kind, you might call them a “Good Samaritan.” If someone’s child is wayward and rebellious, you might call them a “Prodigal son.” A goal or purchase to which you gave a lot of time/energy/money is the “pearl of great price.” Jesus knew our brains work this way. So much so that these mini-stories he shared have gone viral in our language and sometimes we don’t even remember where they came from. He set these stories down like slow-release truth that has been potent and healing through the centuries.

Sometimes realities are so transformative and powerful that they can’t be described directly. Think of the way a scientist looks at the sun or an eclipse, the light is so blinding that it has to be reflected and is only safely seen indirectly. Think back to some of the most meaningful truths you’ve heard. Were they often lyrics to a song? Lines to a poem? Scenes from a favourite movie? Like these mini-stories, We have recorded for us 46 of Jesus’ parables in all, covering everything from forgiveness to his identity as the Son of God.

Yet his greatest narrative was to enter our story. Instead of scrapping humanity and starting over, he entered our story and redeemed it. We are still learning what that means; I don’t believe we will ever understand the full extent in this life—slow-release truth. God could have sent another flood, cleared the table of us or made us into choice-less robots. Instead he entered our story, made himself a character in this epic he is writing. You are part of the slow-release truth.

Prayer
Holy Father, you meet us when we will best respond favourably. And you meet us, in your kindness, how best we will hear you and heed you. Teach us to be able to recognise such encounters, Father. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen
 

Presented by Greg Williams

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About the Presenter:
The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ (https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Greg Williams is President of Grace Communion International and lives in North Carolina, USA.

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