Sunday, July 15, 2007

Lousy At Math




a Poem by Hafiz, translated by Daniel Ladinsky... excerpted from "Love Poems from God"...


Lousy At Math


Once a group of thieves stole a rare diamond

larger than two goose eggs.


Its value could have easily bought three thousand horses

and three thousand acres of the most

fertile land in Shiraz.


The thieves got drunk that night to celegrate their great haul,

but during the course of the evening the effects of the liquir,

and their mistrust of each other grew to such an extent


they decided to divide the stone into pieces.

Of course, then the Priceless became lost.


Most everyone is lousy at math and does that to God -

dissects the Indivisible One,


by thinking, by saying,

"This is my Beloved, and he looks like this and acts like that,

how could that moron over there

really

be


God?"


So sad to me when the body of believers does that... dividing God into what they accept and do not accept, arguing over this or that characteristic or quality or ability or nature... or God's acceptance or rejection of another... Perhaps we are best off leaving all of that in God's hands to know and divide, for it is my belief that people SUCK at it....


Jeff

7 comments:

Queen of the Mayhem said...

I completely agree!

Love this post!

GoteeMan said...

Thanks, Queen... glad to see you are back.

Jeff

handling olympus said...

Jeff,
It's dang tough to NOT do this. We all throw in our limited understanding of the Infinite. Even this morning as I was praying for a few minutes, i caught and stopped myself re-framing God into something different than what He says He is.
That's why I suck.
We do this so much with the concept of the Law vs. Grace. It's so much easier for us to understand the Law (black and white, yes or no, he did it so he must be punished). Grace is so counter to what we learn. Did something wrong and no punishment!? OMG! Grace IS scandalous. we just have a hard time getting it. or is it that I just have a hard time understanding it??? I am a ragamuffin.

BottleBlonde said...

Amen, Jeff!

I also agree with handling olympus. I sometimes find myself dressing God in my own distorted image of what God is. My humanity often gets in the way of my faith; therefore, I, too, am a ragamuffin - a hot ragamuffin, if I say so myself.

GoteeMan said...

ugh y'all! Know what you mean. I have to constantly guard my heart against the lies about Him and others and myself.

I read another good one that I will post shortly that is related...

About how to tell the difference between truth and lies about God...

John - I appreciate your honesty and transparency. On some level, if we are honest with ourselves, we are all there, but we don't have to setup house there and stay, thank God! He's so good to us and wants us to know Him deeply and intimately.

Heidi - as I was reading yours, I got this cartoon image of us dressing up God like a paper doll... cracked me up! I know what you mean. It's hard sometimes to see Him for who He really is... and not be distorted by our own filters and sight (or lack of it).

God bless you all! Let's grow on together... Ragamuffins for Jesus.... Boo yah!

Jeff

Terri@SteelMagnolia said...

I agree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Terri@SteelMagnolia said...

I agree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!