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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Quiet Intensity


In the midst of a problem, where is your focus? On the problem? On the Lord? On yourself? What are some good ways to fix your eyes on the Lord? What kind of music and/or body language might help? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 638).

On first approaching this question, the tendency might be to say that the best thing to do is to focus on the problem itself. Certainly it is a beautiful thing when in a moment of time we see someone in peace and tranquility intensely focusing on a problem. But of course this observation carries with it an important qualifier – intensely focusing on a problem in peace and tranquility. An important precedent to successful problem solving is a sense of grounding allowing the quiet focusing on facts. The ordeals of Galileo come to mind. The discovery of the nature of our solar system was distinct and set apart from another phase – that of dealing with authority. In the first instance one can say that Galileo had his eyes fixed on the Lord, in the second phase he had his eyes on man. No doubt he would have never made his discovery in the first place if man's authority had taken precedence in his mind over facts. The nature of God's authority is beneficent while the nature of man's is often self-serving. The Lord frees us to understand his world, while man's authority at times would encroach on that freedom. We can look to the exquisite beauty of music to sense the eternal and encourage us to do the right thing – not just the politically correct thing. It is important that our body language telegraph to the world a sense of grounding that like beautiful music encourages doing the right thing.

Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring (Vocal)

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