Fountain, Princes Quay, Hull
The fountain takes the calm water in the old dock and expels it above the surface and into the air through a series of high pressure nozzles. Powerful jets of water stream upwards and outwards together. In any one instant thousands of droplets are cascading back down. In each present moment that which is deep, hidden and one becomes visible, transformed and energetically present. Bursting above the surface, patterns emerge.
“No one has ever seen God” (John 1:18). The paradox of divinity is that God is both all-embracing and elusive. All things are in God and the universe and God-stuff are as one (quantum quarks and God quirks exist within the same set of brackets) and, as Tennyson observed, “closer is he than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet”; yet God seems curiously absent. Not for nothing is the birth of Jesus littered with angels, dreams and a star. Our above the surface world gives us intimations of deep holiness and invites us to engage with the daily droplets of divine mystery which cascade down within our awareness. The fountain of God’s presence flows from the groundwater of divine being, but rather than analysing its chemical composition in a laboratory of the spirit, we are invited to gaze in wonderment and to be enchanted by the sight. This is the flow of loving purposefulness which captivated Jesus. If we so choose it will propel our own stream of consciousness too. Patterns of love, justice and truth will emerge.
This week is a time for retrospectives and reviews of the year. Traditionally it is also a time to be prospective. So let’s chill out and bin our new years resolutions, relax and recycle our certainty fixations into something more useful and all-year-round resolute for 2010: open minds that are enchanted with wonderment and prepared to trust everything to God. Whatever is personally in prospect for us in 2010, as we go prospecting for God these are the tools we shall need if we are to divine the water of life and discover shimmering streams of holiness flowing from the bedrock of our everyday lives.
Go with the flow. Happy New Year!