“Some fell into good soil, and when it grew, it produced a hundredfold.” As he said this, he called out, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!”
(Luke 8:8 NRSV)
I really came to faith as an adult. It was a bumpy road of exploration, for a number of reasons. I well remember the time when one of my best friends said to me, “You haven’t gone and got religion, have you Nigel?” That stung.
But the most difficult obstacle for me to overcome was about how to deal with a world-view which I had simply taken for granted up until that point.
I was, and still am, fascinated (amongst other things) by the discoveries of science and technology. Did I have to “unlearn” what I had read in order to be a “good” Christian? Could I read the Bible and still thank God for Charles Darwin? These and a myriad of other questions represented what I then saw as a fundamental clash of world views, and I spent a long time seeking answers.
I do, now, believe that God was working on my heart and mind throughout that time and that, as I explored the Scriptures and learned from others, he helped me to grow a little in my thinking. I began to see the love of God in the pages of the New Testament and in the lives of those around me. It convinced me that the Christian journey is a process of growth for the whole of our mortal lives.
It’s not always an easy journey because it goes to the core of who we are. But if we do embark on it I think that we grow, not just as people of faith, but as human beings.
When Jesus talks about “those who have ears” he means those who are open to the possibility of that life-changing encounter with God. My experience of that encounter has made me passionate for others to experience it, too.
Oh, and, er, God bless Charles Darwin.
open my eyes to the richness of your word,
my mind to the wonders of creation,
my heart to the depth of your love.