We all get to the ‘tipping point’ where the amount of clutter around us is now ‘enough’ and something has to be done. The ‘something’ may mean a sudden release of energy, and just like in Disney’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice, everything returns to where it should be, with a final twinkle. Or it may mean the rug is lifted, and things quietly hidden under it for another day.
Living with clutter can be trying. Living with hope can be similar.
As Jesus was being tried for blasphemy, to the people in Jerusalem the opportunity to tidy things up was given. Do they continue with Jesus, who clutters up their normal lives with the possibilities of healings, who challenges them about their way of life, who simply has an energy for being that is dauntingly, hauntingly attractive?
In other words, who embodies hope.
They chose to live in the shadows they were used to. He was crucified and died.
Likewise, he is still dismissed. Hope raises too many questions, though it/he is admired from afar.
But he burst out of the tomb. He pops up in the deepest shadows. The darkness never will overcome Him.
And as you choose to live in the light, the hope becomes the tidiness, and what seemed to be order is clutter.
‘The whole world is passing away, but my words will remain,’ He says.
The kingdom is here, it is coming, it will remain for ever. We are dealers in hope.