We are all familiar with the image of a single pebble skimming across a lake at dawn on a calm day. The pebble causes ripples and waves that carry across to the distant shore. As disciples, we are called to look at life much like we see this image. We don’t just focus on the rock sinking to the floor of the lake, but we see a much larger picture how our actions affect the expanse of the whole.
Our culture would have us focus on information and our actions much like a digital signal. A digital signal is made up of bits and pieces of information broken off from the whole, and washed by people and computers to produce what they deem to be the correct interpretation of the original . As disciples, we are called to look at information differently, much like “analog” information. Analog information comes to us in a wave. When you play an old LP record, the needle tracks through the groove and the waves in the groove – which were shaped by the original sound waves. A wave carries much more information than endless number of bits and pieces. Waves come to us from outer space and millions of years later tell us how the world began.
As disciples we are called to attune ourselves to the energy of the world. We are intimately bound to every vibration and whisper the world makes. Equally so, when we breathe, raise our arm, or take action the world feels it – much like the distant shore across the lake. The world feels our beating heart, and we feel the beating heart of all God’s creatures. The waves etch grooves in our soul.
We may toss a rock into the lake of life, but we see the waves cross the world and beyond.