Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Last summer I spent a week by the sea. Each day as I was watching and praying by the water I would see something different. There were days when the sea was tranquil, with very little white caps. There were days when the sea was churning from the onset of a storm. It went from the colors blue, grey, white, green. Every day the sea was different. Yet it was a place where you could get lost in. There was this sense that it was greater than you could possibly imagine and you were smaller than you could know. The problems you had seemed to smooth out and settle in the constant newness of the waves that pour into the shore over and over again.
When you are looking out and the water you sense that the world goes on forever. As Bono sings, “She said infinity’s a great place to start/ Oh / Time is irrelevant, it's not linear." As you watch the sea, the horizon blurs with sky and water touching and changing. The possibilities of what the world will be or could be are endless. “No, no line on the horizon / No, no line /No, no line on the horizon / No, no line / Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh.” As I was by the sea, God seemed so much closer because I was so much smaller. There is something at the sea that allows you to touch infinity, touch God. A peace settles over you, a sense of love, of fullness, of hope.
U2 takes this experience farther. “I know a girl who's like a sea / I watch her changing every day for me / Oh yeah, oh/ One day she's still, the next she swells / You can hear the universe in her sea shells / Oh yeah, oh” The lyrics take us to a person and beyond. At the sea we recognize this since of the constant changing nature of the sea and of humans. You can sense this song is about the deep love a person takes in another; a love that glories in the changes and transformations of a person. The love described is a love like I believe God has for us. A love that loves every part of you, hoping that you will take that magnificent life you have been giving and will use it to touch infinity.