In the old days I guess we wrote on slates with chalk. The teacher had a bigger version, the blackboard. You watched the teacher put out her thoughts in writing. It was live and at thinking speed.
It was interesting these last few days to watch the main speaker at the conference use his iPad, which in some ways is like an electronic exercise book. His ‘pages’ were put on the huge screen, so we could all see what he was looking at. Excellent, fluent hi tech.
His favourite little App, though, was a whiteboard. He used his finger to draw lines, squiggles and words on the little screen, and we could see these scratches on the huge screen. It’s hard to write words using your finger on an exercise book, but he did his best. Can you picture it? All this high tech to enable him to teach us using doodles, as if on the back of an envelope!
But you know what, it gave us an intimacy. Teaching should do that. Like testimony. Taking you into someone else’s world from which to look at your own and see it differently. More than anything, to enable you to pick out the nature of, and presence of, God in your travelling, that you may journey more closely from this point on.
Jesus taught his disciples as friends. With patience, humour, gentleness, seriousness, but most of all expectation and love. Gathered together, having walked together.
Where and when do you gather around to compare notes on the back of an envelope? If the answer is nowhere and never, please find somewhere and regularly. And don’t delay. For you. But also for us. It is still where Jesus meets and teaches us.