“The light of the moon will be like that of the sun
and the light of the sun will be seven times greater
like the light of seven days.
On the day the LORD binds up the wounds of his people,
he will heal the bruises left by his blows.” – Isaiah 30.26
When it comes to the biblical prophets, such as Isaiah, and when it comes to the prophetic genre overall, we often get glimpses of the significant role cosmology plays in spirituality. If you doubt this, just read the book of Revelation.
In this passage from the Prophet Isaiah above, we see a hint that the universe, and especially our line of planets stemming off our sun – is developmental. Thus, time is involved. As time seems to unfold, possible development might also occur. But time and development are not guaranteed. Much time can pass with little development. Likewise much development can occur in a short amount of time.
The image of the moon developing into a sun and the sun developing into a super-sun isn’t that far-fetched. I have read elsewhere that some even think the earth will become a sun to the moon on the moon’s developmental journey into becoming a living planet. No doubt there is much to ponder as we look up into the heavens. The heavens are declaring and revealing much about our possibilities as a species on this planet. Perhaps it is wise just to say this: Christianity can’t be unwoven from cosmology. They need to be paired, and any Christianity without a cosmology is incomplete.
On a more personal, practical and present level, the Advent Remedy can be seen here in the binding of the wounds. In the grace of an Advent journey, something can happen to us inwardly that helps us move into a deeper wholeness, healing our inner fragmentation and transforming us into a more complete, developed Being. Suffering seems to be a part of this transformation process of development. In Christian terms, crucifixion leads to resurrection and resurrection leads to ascension – until we reach the full stature of Christ (Ephesians 4.13).
Note also that the prophets of Israel spoke their wisdom and words in the midst of great national and personal suffering, loss and discontinuity. It’s no wonder that wave after wave of these prophetic texts announces a future deliverance, healing and restoration – whether through the idealized office of a King in the of David, or through the direct intervention of Israel’s God.
Nevertheless, Israel’s hope (and now ours) was (and is) directed toward the unfolding future. This presents some challenges on the spiritual level if the hope gets uprooted from simply being present in the Presence.
On the other hand, without hope, and without the unfolding future emerging in cooperation with our participation, our spiritual life often coils and caves into a distorted narcissism of the moment – and flat-lines the dynamic movement of the Spirit that is Life itself birthing newness from a hidden love toward an unknown love that wishes to us as its partner, in this life and beyond.
I guess the best way to apply such mysteries, is this:
Don’t give up.
Whatever is happening in and to your life, use it as fuel for transformation. Keep moving toward the emergent love of God coming toward you. Somewhere, somehow It meets us and heals us from one degree of glory to the next – until we are all “suns” of God in the Wholeness of the Resurrected Christ.
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