The response to the lichen blog was a bit over the top. Most of the comments I refused to approve. In addition to that, a lot of people took to e-mail to straighten me out.
The opinions were all over the board. Some people knew exactly which ministry I need to disappear into and others were horrified at the idea of my merging with anyone. Some were gentle and some bombastic. Some questioning and some absolutely dogmatic about how things should be.
So three comments from me.
First, the Fruit of the Spirit are still a part of the Bible.
Second, in the blog I was just thinking out loud, showing how I process clues from the Lord. This was not an announcement with finality — just an exploration.
Third, I do hold SLG very loosely, even though that concerns many of you. It is just a platform, a tool, a mechanism to serve the King. Should the King have something else for me to do, I WILL lay it down in a heartbeat. There is nothing at all tangible that I hold dearly. So no matter the offense to the community, even SLG is expendable for Kingdom work.
Now that the push back is out of the way, let’s pick up the story again and continue to explore the process.
I circled around the bigger picture for a while that night and it became too speculative and confusing. When that happens, I try to drill down to the solid pieces and simplify the picture.
So I ended up with these solid components.
-There are two living parts that can exist separately to some degree.
-Each piece is quite different in design and purpose from the other.
-They are immensely life giving to each other.
-When they are working together, they can accomplish amazing things (eating rock!) and endure incomparable hardship.
With that extreme simplification, I began circling around and ended up looking at the fractal of the redemptive gifts.
My sense is that the mycobiont could be Ruler. It provides the structure that houses the whole, and it does the heavy lifting, breaking down the rock that hosts it.
The photobiont would then probably be Exhorter.
The synergy of the two creates interesting possibilities. I started looking for Ruler and Exhorter components that might be or should be in relationship.
I wondered if God was talking about my spirit. I know that in the last six months the Ruler theme has come up repeatedly. Project after project has been set in the Ruler key of music. Is this a call from God to spend a lot of time working on the Exhorter portion of my spirit so that some form of synergy between Ruler and Exhorter could emerge?
I really looked at the land issues. Anaheim is Ruler. California is Exhorter. We have never really seen anything productive from that pairing of gifts in terms of our company. Broadly, California has not been user friendly to me. We have a very small number of people who track with us, and the handful of times we have tried to do events, they have been seriously subpar.
Is God getting ready to unleash something in terms of land that I need to observe, or be catalytic to, or perhaps benefit from?
I looked at body systems. Musculature and bones respectively. Nothing really shouted there.
Is it new people in our world? Do I need to be alert to new Ruler or Exhorter relationships outside the company that would form this kind of synergy?
All of those remain viable options. Also the ubiquitous Option X — the one we have not thought of yet.
The one about land issues in the city and state intrigues me but I don’t feel any urgency to be catalytic to anything. But I will start monitoring things a bit more closely.
So for now, I am holding it all loosely, assuming that I need a few more Scrabble letters to figure out what the word spells and what I am to do.
I am back home now getting ready to lean into one big project I need to have done before the end of November.
Copyright October 2013 by Arthur Burk
From the jury pool room in Superior Court