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Following the Way to our true form

I went for a walk with my family the other day and we came across this tree, which made Nick immediately laugh. Coming from a family of citrus farmers, he pointed out the ridiculousness of pruning a tangerine tree to have a tall, branchless trunk with all of the fruit unreachably high, rotting away. What a tragedy to take this plant whose purpose is to provide sustenance and prune it in such a way that it is impossible for it to fulfill that purpose.

I have been thinking about how God is creating around us all of the time and is calling us to participate in that creation. That is our purpose, to be God's instruments. But creativity is hard. When we create, we don’t know what is going to happen next. We wonder what we are meant to become. When we create, we risk failure. In fact, we fail most of the time.


Participating in creation involves accepting the mysteries of God and how God is working in our world. It also means accepting that most of the time we are going to mess things up because we humans are imperfect.


It’s much easier to listen to the lies: that we will never be enough or that we don’t need to listen to God because we can do it all on our own. But when we choose to participate, when we choose the harder path, we are living the way we are meant to be. We are shaped into the form that aligns to our purpose.