Tuesday, January 5, 2016
the patience of the devil
At some point and about some topic, I think individuals want to straighten things out -- to reach a full and satisfying understanding of something. Damn near anything. Sliding by on agreement with others only reaches so far. At some juncture the question ceases to be "what do others say?" and becomes "what do I say?"
Jesus did not walk into the desert as a means of agreeing with others. A kaffeeklatsch lifestyle may be cozy, but in the far reaches of being, coziness simply cannot cut it when it comes to peace. And an unwillingness to meet and treat with the devil is to live an unfulfilled life. Somehow, the devil will have his or her due and failure to pay those dues merely puts off a confrontation that cannot be evaded. The devil is not offended by the delays that are based in hope or faith or philosophy or social intercourse.
The devil's in the details.
And the devil is patient.