The Snowflake Revelation

By: Woodrow Odom Lucas

I wonder?  Do introverts sometimes have more of a tendency to meditate and commune with God in ways other than verbal communication or formal supplication? Do extroverts have more of a tendency to be more evangelical and charismatic about Jesus?  Do people who are authority oriented have more of a tendency to embrace Jesus as Lord?  Do people who are more logical and analytical have more of a tendency to reject the idea of eternal hell?  Do people who have been shaped to see community as a plurality have more of a tendency to see Jesus as one of many ways rather than the way, the truth, and the life?

Let me be explicitly clear, I, personally, view Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life.  I view him as the one and only way to experience complete communion with the Father.  But did I just use the word Father, instead of the word Mother or Supreme Being or Creator because of the fact that I am a man or because of the fact that I was licensed to preached in a male dominated enclave?  I ask these questions, because I believe that throughout my life God has been trying to tell me something.  Throughout my life, God has often put me in situations that contradicted accepted norms and where I either was asked to help the exception to a rule or in which I became the exception to a rule.  When I was an Evangelical Charismatic on fire to save the world from eternal hell, God sent me a broken hearted outcast to tell me that hell was just a disinfecting place.  When I prayed for revival to hit the graduate school that I attended, instead of there being an outbreak of tongues and praise, instead there was an outbreak of social justice initiatives.  When I prayed for the Lord to save my oldest daughter, instead of her crying about Jesus, she started crying about the people who have been despised and rejected in our society.  When I asked the Lord to send me a prophet, instead of him sending me a Christian who would tell me about my past and my future, he sent me a Native American activist who told me of the story of his people.

Some Christians pray that their family members get saved and a week later every single family member is confessing the Lord with fervor, but that has not been my experience. Instead, the Lord has continued to stretch me in our relationship and I believe that one of the reasons is the “Snowflake Revelation”.  The “Snowflake Revelation” is the supposition that as the bible states, “every hair on our heads is numbered,” meaning that when God conceived of us in the greatness of her mind she saw each one of us in splendid detail right down to the very hairs on our head and molecules in our body.  And in this uniqueness each one of us was meant to embrace God and experience God in our own unique way.  I still believe that Jesus is Lord and is necessary for each of us to experience full communion with the Creator, it is just that the “Way” in which that happens is as mysterious and glorious as the mystery of existence itself.

So when you see someone experiencing God in a way which you don’t understand or frightens you, instead of judging them or accusing them or rejecting them, ask God to give you the “Snowflake Revelation”.  I believe that you will find it illuminating.

 

The Pain of Jesus

If you want to know why people hate, if you want to know why gangbangers deal drugs to people in their own community and destroy people’s lives for money, if you want to know why Corporate CEO’s make decisions to pollute entire neighborhoods and proliferate disease into the lives of people who are already desperate, if you want to know why terrorists in the Philippines kidnap Christian Missionaries and torture them to the point where they beg for their own deaths, if you want to know why serial killers kidnap women and abuse them in ways so horrific that those women slit their own throats as soon as they find opportunity, then I suggest that you love to a point where the pain of that love consumes you.  Then you will realize that hatred and vengeance and the commitment to terrorize others feels better in many cases than the pain of loving your enemies, doing good to them that hate you, and praying for those who despitefully use you and persecute you.  Love feels good a lot of the time, but love can also bring a torment that is indescribable.  And so many souls, choose to hate, they choose to terrorize others over surrendering to the almighty and dealing with the pain within.  I have read about amazing people like Yogananda and Babaji who had great wisdom, and great power, and great love but they chose the path of renunciation.  They chose the path of loving others and themselves yes, but not really loving to the extremes that bring torment.

If you want a reason to believe in Jesus, if you want a reason to serve him, then this reason is one of the best.  Jesus felt the same pain as a gang banger who was raped by his father repeatedly in youth and harassed by the society around him to such an extreme that he decided to give up on love altogether and embrace a life of violence, greed, and vengeance.  Jesus felt the same pain as a terrorist in the Philippines who became so enraged by the injustice of western nations invading and exploiting his land that he chose to embrace a life of terrorizing others in a perverse attempt to bring liberation to his people.  Jesus didn’t just love like an evolved and wise master soul who does miracles and dwells in the bliss of ecstasy, Jesus loved to the extremes.  Jesus loved until the pain was so great that he had to sweat blood to overcome it and do what he was commissioned to do.  If you want a reason to believe in Jesus, this is the reason.  Jesus felt the pain of extreme love and it did not overcome him, but rather he overcame it and saved us all.