The unfolding of your word
The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.
Psalm 119:130 (ESV)
I am of the age that when you went out walking you clutched a printed map to guide your way. If you were using an Ordnance Map, they had to be unfolded. Folding them up was a different matter – they never seemed to go back properly, especially if the wind was blowing. But as you walked on, unfolding the map as you went, the highway and byways, the hills and valleys and villages were revealed, as you journeyed on to your destination.
But times change and I don’t need a paper map now. I can update myself and get an app. I can take that with me and access my route wherever I go. I and my map are mobile. No more unfolding needed.
In our spiritual life we have that need for a guide to show us the way. Before he departed Jesus told the disciples that the Spirit would guide them into truth and it’s a journey that we all take with him. We are together and mobile.
For example, consider how Jesus’ mother Mary’s understanding must have moved from puzzlement when the angel announced that she had been chosen to bear Jesus, to pondering over the events of his early life and treasuring them in her heart, until we find her, after the resurrection, in the upper room with the disciples, awaiting the coming of the Spirit. Her hymn of praise at the time of Jesus’ conception echoed the understanding of the Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures. Her understanding of those scriptures must have begun to unfold and change as she stepped out of the upper room at Pentecost and experienced the coming of the Spirit. Under his guidance, that understanding probably continued to grow for the rest of her life.
We too have many things that we do not totally understand, or even understand at all for that matter. So we wait, walking on through our lives, listening, studying, praying, as we experience what Mary must have done: the unfolding of God’s word that comes from our very mobile Guide.
Father, may you continue to unwrap our understanding of your word, so that we may grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
Study by Hilary Buck
About the writer:
Hilary Buck is a Minister and pastors the Lewes congregation of Grace Communion International.
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