Can you discover the depths of God? Can you discover the limits of the Almighty? Job 11:7
How many times do we try to understand God? It seems like a daily occurrence for me. He gives us the world around us filled with so much beauty and I seem to zero in on the things I cannot know; the mystery. Often, I find beauty in the unknowing but other times I just end up frustrated.
A metaphor that has helped me to better understand our relationship to God and one another came up during a late-night discussion with my husband. It has to do with the largest organism on earth: Pando. Pando is a Quaking Aspen grove covering 106 acres of land, and connected by one massive root system.
We talked of each individual person as a leaf on one of the millions of branches on Pando’s 40,000 trunks. Each trunk or branch is a faith community, that could be a church or network of believers. Underneath the soil, the Spirit, spreading out in all different directions, connects the trunks together to form one being. This is like how the Spirit connects different faith communities together in one Body. As a leaf, I have no concept of what is happening underground where the Spirit moves. It is totally beyond my leafness! As part of a faith community an individual may glimpse a piece of the larger plan through those relationships.
At the same time, while we are all connected at the trunk, each leaf experiences it’s environment from a different perspective. One leaf could not judge another because sprouted on the west side of the tree rather than the east or for growing on a different trunk. Anyways, you get the picture.
I am beginning to learn the more I accept the limitations in my understanding the more it frees me up to sit and wonder at what the Spirit is doing. Because, although I cannot see the entire picture, I can see the ripples of the Spirit moving in my everyday life.
-Hannah Wilkinson (Hope House Detroit House Director)