I was at a family gathering this past weekend, and heard someone describe her son (who likes skiing, but wont try ski jumping) as “like me – he runs more on endorphins than adrenaline.” How about you? What do you run on?
That conversation was in the back of my mind as I read this week’s lessons. If I put myself there on the mountain with Elijah, I kind of can hear him going for the rush, and expecting to find God in the dramatic bits – earthquake! wind! fire! Really, God, you’re not in those? So much for us adrenaline junkies. God instead comes in the calm, after the rush of fear and excitement has passed, when our minds clear and become quiet. Then, God can make the Divine Voice heard.
We can see it in the gospel lesson too. There’s Christ, sending the demons into the pigs! There are the pigs, running into the sea! And here’s the man he saved, now no longer Legion but a human being, jumping up and down on the shore, going “Woohoo! I’m coming with you, man! Sign me up for some more thrills!” But Jesus sends the man back to his real life and those who know him. Following me, he seems to be saying, is not all adrenaline rushes. Sometimes the Christ life really is just your familiar routines, surrounded by those who know you best.
So much good stuff this week, and Galatians is it’s own wonderful sermon, too. Or are you off the lectionary all together? Let us know in the comments.