Dual Narratives

Dual Narratives

We gratefully acknowledge the Source of the flowers, and the unknown photographer.

By Sharon Swing, Co-Author, Listen to My Life:  Maps for Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story

I was struck by the phrase ‘dual narrative’ when it was spoken in passing.  The phrase refers to a story written from two different people’s perspectives, or from one person at two different points in time.

Immediately, what came to my mind was how God helps me to notice something, and then speaks to my spirit in a way that uses the occurrence, object or circumstance in the form of a metaphor to to convey his message to me.

This happened to me recently when my mom shared an email with a photo collection of extremely unique flowers with a huge spectrum of colors, shapes and sizes.  I was amazed and delighted with God’s creativity, and how he has left so much evidence of his love and desire to connect with us in nature.  I felt such gratitude for God to create me in a way that I could enjoy his creation through my senses.

Not a second later, I sensed God impress on my soul,

My creativity in infinite variety is not limited to flowers.  People of every tongue, tribe and nation are evidence of my creativity expressed in love, as well.  Isn’t racism ridiculous?!’

What a beautiful, winsome way God has of communicating deep truth to me, if I am paying attention.  I hate racism, yet racism also shows itself within me when I fear people groups that are very different from me instead of first embracing the beauty of our differences.

Noticing and responding in gratitude opens me up to take in deeper truths in the Giver’s perspective. The ‘dual narrative’ of God’s love for variety in people as shown by his love for variety in flowers is one I hope I will be reminded of every time I enjoy a walk in a garden or take in the unique beauty of a single bloom.

Scripture:

Your blood has bought men for God from every family and from every language and from every kind of people and from every nation.    Revelation 5:9b

God made earth-creatures in a vast variety of species: wild animals, domesticated animals of all sizes, and small creeping creatures, each able to reproduce its own kind. God saw that His new creation was beautiful and good. And God paused.  Now let Us conceive a new creation—humanity—made in Our image, fashioned according to Our likeness. And let Us grant them authority over all the earth—the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, the domesticated animals and the small creeping creatures on the earth.  Genesis 1:24-26 The Voice

Reflection:

  • What instances do you recall when God has offered his perspective through creation or circumstances?
  • As you go throughout your day, why not ask God to help you notice, express gratitude and wait expectantly for his whispers to your soul?

 

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By | 2017-07-13T14:03:18+00:00 July 18, 2017|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|0 Comments

About the Author:

Sharon Swing is an author, retreat leader, speaker, artist and consultant with interests in life story as a spiritual development tool, crafting experiences that give God space to do what he does best, art as a spiritual pathway, and change. With Sibyl Towner, she has co-authored Listen to My Life: Maps for Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story. For more information, visit ww.onelifemaps.com. She is an organization development consultant specializing in planning, meeting facilitation, leadership development and change management. For more information, visit www.swingconsulting.com.

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