The Far Side

For the simplicity on this side of complexity, I wouldn’t give you a fig. But for the simplicity on the other side of complexity, for that I would give you anything I have.” -Oliver Wendell Holmes

As it turns out, the other side of complexity is a space generally reserved for odd ducks.

The crowd rarely, if ever, breaches the first steps to the bridge-of-complexity. The bridge is just not wide enough!  This is where we must position ourselves, however, if we seek the clear spaces of mature simplicity, the great wisdom that is our true inheritance.

We must not be afraid of uncommon questions and where they will lead us, nor become impatient with apparent contradictions; we must not live between the lines, nor grow restless in the waiting.

There is a freedom and a peace to be found on the other side of complexity that is multi-dimensional and profound compared to the flat billboards of group-think that line the highway.

God allows us to tangle through the complexity ourselves if we prefer to do it on our own, but He is eager to communicate with us directly, when we wait on Him. The more I practice listening to Him and following His guidance, the shorter the bridge-of-complexity seems to be. This doesn’t mean it’s not awkward, embarrassing or risky to the flesh, but it is safe.

I’m reading this book about how God communicates to us through our dreams and it has been powerful for me.

Imagine, the effect of the whole body of Christ listening at the same time?

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