Saturday, July 15, 2006

Hyper-threading to healing

I have a hyper-threading computer. I got it to be able to run graphics better when I was ready to replace my old desktop.
Intel says,

"A single processor supporting Hyper-Threading Technology presents itself to modern operating systems and applications as two virtual processors. The processor can work on two sets of tasks simultaneously, use resources that otherwise would sit idle, and get more work done in the same amount of time. Hyper-threading enables multi-threaded software applications to execute two software threads in parallel, thereby improving system responsiveness. System performance is maintained while other tasks run transparently in the background. Tasks such as virus checking, e-mail encryption, and file compression run more efficiently, making the overall infrastructure more robust, manageable, and secure. End users enjoy increased system responsiveness because foreground applications execute in less time during multitasking scenarios."

In analogy, I am a hyper-threading computer! You are, too. Only we are much more complex and amazing than what Intel offers. While going about our day-to-day lives we multi-task outwardly and inwardly. New places are forming in our hearts, growing us deeper and wider (in a good way--not physically!) to increase our capacity for life and love. Along with embracing life and new places in our hearts, there is another uglier process running parallel. Old places of pain, lies, negative patterns and other unhealed parts of our heart are alive and active, causing us in reality, to be deadened and dulled. God cares for our full restoration, spiritually and emotionally. So much so, that along with his provision of cancelling our sin debt, he provides a counselor and comforter through the Holy Spirit, and gives us real truth to base our lives upon through Scripture. But he doesn't stop there. He knows the way for us to experience fully all of what life has to offer. He provides other people on our journey. God heals within and through community to bring life and healing to some of those dark places. Here is one person's story: The University of Adversity

We don't even have to get so low to be able to realize the wondeful gift of journeying together. The sooner we embrace love from others, the more we can participate in trusting, healing, hopeful, and joyful life experiences. Henri Nouwen says:
"Without the love of our parents, sisters, brothers, spouses,lovers, and friends, we cannot live. Without love we die. Still, for many people this love comes in a very broken and limited way. It can be tainted by power plays, jealousy, resentment, vindictiveness, and even abuse. No human love is the perfect love our hearts desire, and sometimes human love is so imperfect that we can hardly recognise it as love.
In order not to be destroyed by the wounds inflicted by that imperfect human love, we must trust that the source of all love is God’s unlimited, unconditional, perfect love, and that this love is not far away from us but is the gift of God’s Spirit dwelling within us."
No matter how tainted our past glimpses of love have been, God has a better way (see 1 Cor. 13.) The gift of God's Spirit through others is a gift indeed. I cannot imagine where I would be today without the love of others who have walked with me, prayed for me, held me to the light, spoken life and healing to my heart-- and yes, gotten in my face because they care. In part, because of them, I am coming to embrace the Source of all true, perfect love more and more. Because of the reciprocal nature of the process, they are, too.

We are all hyper-threading all the time. New places are forming. Old places are still active. Still, a third thread is bringing healing to the old; checking and quarantining viruses and invalid files, putting things in their place, and efficiently speeding us along toward restoration. Maybe the key word is efficient, rather than speed. I don't have to know how it works--just that it does.


Blogger kathy said...

okay jenny can you believe it? i am finally posting. i am entering the world of blogging, and i have to say it's fun. i love this thought on community, the life giving relationships i am in, how blessed i feel and how much i have changed because of it. through people, i have met God. through God, i have seen something different in people. i am not the same person i was and i was touched last night, at the refuge, and then revisted it reading this post, that i can't exist without relationship with God's people. it is the way He speaks to me, reminds me of His power, His hope, His love. i am so glad His love is perfect but i am also glad for the imperfect but heart-felt love of the people in my life, too. i am just a struggler in need of love and acceptance and i am more thankful every day that God got a hold of me and brought me into loving community. in this past season, i have come to appreciate it even more. we were meant to live this crazy life out together.

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