I recently started seeing a spiritual director as part of my self-care routine, and plus I never have experienced an interaction like that before. It's been really interesting so far. His recent challenge to me was to notice "rhythms of resurrection" in my own life, and to jot them down as they came up. Meaning: what is God bringing to life in front of me that reflects His care?
So before all this, I thought I wasn't going to be a theologian. That academic-intense theology world fascinates me and I love reading it, but I wasn't sure if it was the world for me. But with this fiction getting picked up, I realized God was calling me to be a theologian - but in a completely different way than I thought.
Many Friends in our past took pride in their storytelling abilities, and they kept records of their testimonies. Some Friends even wrote poetry. They saw writing as a natural outpouring of God's work in them. Their testimonies and lived faith was their theology.
Thus far, the work that has been picked up has also been my most religious work - and it's all about finding Christianity in the messiest places. None of the stories give easy answers, and that's intentional. But the draw to them, I believe, is that they are explorations of faith in a way that feels real and universal.
Long story short: I have found that the rhythms of resurrection in my own life have been noticing how God has used this once-dormant creative side of me. Other rhythms I have begun noticing are a love for things I haven't been able to fully enjoy since the beginning of the pandemic. Long walks, for example.
With this lens in mind, I challenge people who read this to look at their own lives and notice how God is working. It's less about intellectualizing it and more about being curious. When we open our eyes to see how God is at work, we may find ourselves pleasantly surprised at what's being revealed.