I was pondering on this theme just last night. I like to create some sort of summary/proverb-esque statement once I’ve gathered all of my thoughts together. Here’s what I came up with:
Once we realize every physical action we take ( looking, touching, tasting, remembering, expressing, etc. ) leaves spiritual trails, then we begin to appreciate our humanity.
Parsing that out…
Humanity is not only that we live and die and have experiences… by definition, humanity is us… collectively. So everything we experience not only has spiritual influence, but also has collective consequence. I’m reminded of those Liberty Mutual commercials…
I’ve heard it said “everything is spiritual”. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard someone say “everything is physical”. I think I can resonate more with that. Sure I understand the first statement, but without the context of the second statement I lack my humanness. I lack my ability to be collectively… humanity.
Maybe I’m missing something, but I think we build relationships physically (time is definitely a physical dimension). I love people because I have shared meaningful, and sometimes painful, physical experiences with them. I’ve always found it hard to relate deeply with people I only know for a week or two.
The spiritual element of our relationships would lack something if we didn’t experience it, perceive it, if it didn’t have something in which to resonate. Could that be the reason for the animal sacrifices throughout the Old Testament? The reason for The human sacrifice in the New Testament?
I find myself thinking… I can resonate with that! I can have a relationship with that. Its tangible. Its everything spiritual made perfectly physical. I am a human that needs to resonate with other humans. I cannot resonate in something spiritual, something bodiless.
I can resonate with the sight of spilled blood, the chills from cries of anguish, and the heartbreak of a betrayal kiss. I needed my God to be physical, for my sake. Now we can relate spiritually, for His sake.