Monday, May 10, 2010

Is a tidy desk the sign of a sick mind?

My Study is tidy, or rather it is significantly tidier than it has been for a looooooooong time. Part of my lack of posting is the simple fact that I've not felt at home at my desk for weeks which, though it hasn't stopped me working, has stopped me speculating and generally being in blog mode for a bit! A long time ago I said that I think my study is an externalisation of my internal state, if that's the case then I am at the moment feeling that things are in a place on the way somewhere to being sorted, there's still a way to go, but it looks OK.

Actually I think that might be a relatively good way of describing my view of life generally rather than specifically. I am very aware of the 'now and the not yet' state of the Christian journey. Now we live in Christ, redeemed and made clean, forgiven and whole, healed and complete. Except we aren't quite there. We are not only saved, we are being sanctified, prepared, made holy so that one day we will see God face to face. It's not a 'pie in the sky when you die' thing, but a journey, a growth, a movement - or if you prefer 'a pilgrimage'. OK, it might be the other side of death when we get to the point of fully realising and receiving this wholeness, this shalom which comes from the grace of God in response to work of Christ - but potentially it could be now, and so we reach out for it, we wait, we wonder, we pray and (hopefully) we grow.

So we're in the now of the life of Christ, and the not yet of completing that work within us.

So my study is a pretty good reflection of my life, and life in general.

Now to get to work on another pile of paper....

4 comments:

quilly said...

Yeah well, things are sliding off my desk and onto the floor. What's that a sign of? (Note: there are no dirty dishes in the piles.)

Sank said...

I am in awe Vicar, of your ability to make a lesson out of the mundane. Very gifted preaching if you ask me, which you didn't BTW...

Alastair said...

Thank you Sank, that wasn't the purpose when I started the post - I was just wanting to celebrate this sense of order in my study :-) A very unusual situation for me...

Melli, I've been there, in fact I am usually there, so having a different situation is somewhat mind boggling!

Melli said...

Maybe THAT's what's wrong with my blogging lately... maybe I need to clean my desk... *sigh*