I read a prayer recently that someone posted on their blog (can’t remember which one, sorry!) that quoted John Piper…in the prayer, he prayed that God would help us to grasp the spectacle of our sin, and through that, the grandness of God’s holiness. “Spectacle” struck me as such a strange word choice. The dictionary defines “spectacle” as: a visually striking performance or display. To see sin in such a way really is uncomfortable. Really uncomfortable. But truly grasping it for what it is – truly grasping our situation for what it is – makes God’s holiness and the hope available through Jesus so striking.
One of the blogs I really enjoy following is written by Hannah. She recently wrote a post titled “Night at the Roxbury” about some of the chaos of living and working where she does. In that post, she reflects on the feeling of hopelessness, and how that leads her to hope. Right on, Hannah! I think it’s really truly in those hopeless kinds of situations that really begin to grasp “hope.”
When we are able to see the brokenness of things and recognize it as broken, as not how that thing was meant to be, we have arrived at hope. May we never settle for brokenness…
(by the way, anyone recognize the Piper paraphrase? I’d like to find that again…)
posted by: caleb