I keep thinking about Jeff's post about the multiple metaphors for God, and how each one breaks down if we focus on it alone (although I am conflicted admitting that, since it's a
theological philosophical post and Jeff knows I don't read those :o). Interestingly enough the image I had while reading that was one of seeing God through a multifaceted lens, like a fly's eye:
I actually wanted to make a picture where every facet had a metaphor for God in it - "Father", "LORD", "Creator", "Almighty", "Papa" and so on, but I'm just not that good at artsy stuff. Nor that patient. Patrick and Trisha could do it, not me. So this one will have to do. I have no problem with this metaphor (yes, yes, Jeff - knowing all metaphors break down at some point :o). We see God, Jesus and the Spirit in pieces. We will not see all of them wholly and together until the New Jerusalem.
Jesus kept using parables to try and show us different aspects of the Kingdom of God. Each one was almost inscrutable, but all together they begin to show us The Way. In fact, I think of the entire Bible as simply an attempt to show us God in differing ways, each meant to be absorbed partially, knowing that our brains incapable of comprehending the whole. Vengeful God. Loving God. Abba, Father. Papa. Jesus the carpenter. Jesus the Christ. Jesus the Lamb who takes away the sins of the world. Jesus the King of Kings returning in all His glory. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Ghost, Spirit, Companion, Breath.
Not God. But parts of God.
If we relax our eyes and minds a bit, perhaps we catch a glimpse, out of that corner lower left corner facet, in passing.
Please, God - yes.