. . . posts on faith and life
When I was young I once broke a thermometer and all of the mercury rolled out onto the bed that I was laying on. It scared me for a brief second, but then I was absolutely fascinated to see how the mercury acted–the way that the droplets would roll apart and then come back together and form one super blob. So, this metaphor that I came across several years ago from Spencer Burke on The Ooze site really resonated with me!
He sees the Body of Christ this way: “A lot of people ask me about the name, THEOOZE-what it means and how I chose it. It’s actually a metaphor. The idea is that the various parts of the faith community are like mercury. At times we will roll together, at times we will roll apart. Try to touch the liquid or constrain it, and the substance will resist. Rather than force people to fall into line, an ooze-y community tolerates differences and treats people with opposing views with great dignity.”
I believe that this is the future of organizations. Like mercury and ants. People will pull together and people will pull apart. Sometimes individual behaviors will bewilder, many things will come counter-intuitively, but when the broad patterns are viewed through spiritual eyes we will be able to clearly discern the hand of the Lord.