Tower Tale

Gazing out the window of my motel room on campus at Unity Village, home to Unity Institute and Silent Unity, it's hard believe this is January. Leafless trees and dormant foliage mean the venerable and decrepit tower (soon-to-be renovated) dominates the scene more than ever. The feelings evoked by the condemned landmark are sadness and a hint of emptiness. My impulse is to push away the sadness by imagining the view in a future season: a spring or summer when the grounds are lush and green and the historic tower is gloriously restored. Which means I'm basically no longer present to the power and subtle beauty of this cloudy grey Missouri day.
It's a delicate balance....this business of recognizing that is God fully expressing in all times, places and things, while also being mindful of current conditions. Focus too intently on the emerging good, and we're liable get hit by falling rubble. Focus too much on the condition and we're apt to act out an "ain't it awful" drama.  Our work is to trust in the endless unfolding of God's good, and at the same time steer clear of dangerous debris.
How?  By affirming that God's power is fully active in the progression of every season and circumstance -- even the bleakness and dormancy of winter. Its presence is endlessly shaping every material form--even the dilapidation of treasured monuments. As we remember that decay and restoration, disease and healing, poverty and prosperity, are all aspects of a greater wholeness, we access a deeper level of understanding that strengthens our faith. Then, guided by faith, we can trust that our earthy steps are divinely ordered to bring forth what's highest and best for all.
Rev. Kurt