Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Structure follows movement

It has been quite a week here in Brisbane as the whole city has been affected in different ways by the huge flooding of the river. As the water started to abate, a wonderful thing happened: there was a spontaneous movement of helpers all over the city, coming to help strangers and friends clean the mud from their homes.
The extent of this response caught the City Council by surprise, but they soon responded by directing people to assembly points and provided buses to take them to the areas - avoiding traffic problems and uneven spread of helpers.
This has been a striking case of a movement that is followed by an ordering or structuring to assist it. In the church we sometimes try to make things happen by organising, when there is no movement or spirit inspiring it. The need and the heart provided the movement of generosity and concern. This is what the Spirit of God does, and our task is to find ways of working with the life that flows.

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