Sunday, February 28, 2010

His Fierceness and His Romantic Heart Are Inseparable

Continuing on my theme of 'Desire' as I read the first five books of the Pentateuch, overwhelmingly I see these two themes intertwined in the character and nature of God. You can't escape it and You can't undestand it - if you are not aware of His wildness and His core romantic nature. The church scholars and theologians have missed it mostly.The intent of the writings here are in no way to bash the church or any of the body of Christ but to make aware 'desire' is good and is a God given. He started it with His wildness for you and me...remember the scripture says "because He loved us first" He took the first step. All the creativity you see in our universe certainly doesn't come from the evil one...the poetry, music, glorious sunsets, mountains, the oceans, the dolphins, the killer whales, the milky way, the shooting stars, and the list could go on for ever....And finally the prize of His creation....Do you ever wonder whose idea is the human form, or more precisely whose idea is the form of a woman.

Song of Solomon talks about the wedding night of the king feasting on his beloved through the course of their wedding night. He loves her hair, her smile; her lips “drop sweetness as the honeycomb,” and “milk and honey are under her tongue. Your neck is like the tower of David, built with elegance . . . Your two breasts are like two fawns" . . . Until the day breaks and the shadows flee, I will go to the mountain of myrrh and to the hill of incense. (Song 4:4–6) And his wife responds by saying, “Let my lover come into his garden and taste its choice fruits” (Song 4:16).  

Christians in general will shun away from such passages, crush desires of the heart and when that happens Satan sneaks in and springs the trap especially for men in the areas of pronography, lust and going after things where his true desire of becoming the man (or the woman) he/she wants to be is lost and getting back to the real self is a far fetched idea. The chasing becomes a fantasy where you don't have to give the real - 'you'. We exchange it for an imitation without taking any true responsibility.  John Elderdege, my favorite author, quotes in Wild At Heart

"And so a man’s heart, driven into the darker regions of the soul, denied the very things he most deeply desires, comes out in darker places. As the poet George Herbert warned, “He begins to die, that quits his desires.” And you know what? We all know it. Every man knows that something’s happened, something’s gone wrong . . . we just don’t know what it is.

Recently my dear friend Bryan Greenwood, a warrior pastor now in Carolina, has been sharing his heart with me about how God is teaching him from the life of Samson a hero of faith that we relate as a strong man but with weak character.,He has been sharing with me that the desire of Samson was used by God for doing great things in Israel. Though he went through his life without the direction, protection and covering of his earthly father, yet Samson manages to destroy the enemy and finally finds a place in God's hall of fame in faith. Quoting Samson as an exmaple, I am not undermining that our behavior should be licentious or lustful but when desires are channeled in the right avenues they become opportunities for the manifestation of God's glory to shine in our lives.

Why am I relating these random ideas but my intent is to relate and express that the 'Praise' of our lives are to point to the Hero of our story who is not only wild and fierce but He is also crazy in love with you. He is Faithful, Holy, Awesome and comes in after you with 'Desire'.

I have included here a 10 minute audio clip from a poem composed and played by Gary Wines and Ruth Fazal which is titled 'You Came Again', it sums up pretty much the hearts of the ones who are intimately involved or romanced with the Fiery One of our souls.  Listen on till the end...

Blessings and Shalom,

Sam Kurien

1 comment:

Three Pecan Pies said...


Your writing and the poem were so moving and inspiring! Do you write these things just for me? Of course I am kidding but they always touch me.