Rebirth after Decline
Renewal after Degeneration
Redemption after Deterioration
Resurrection after Death.
Is my definition of a modern day experience of ” Renaissance ” .
Times of being left puzzled , bewildered and frightened like a pluck chicken , when life throws you a curve , only to be catapulted into a dimension of freshness and newness where you learn to trust again , learn again , begin .. again .
In your life . In mine .
Sure , our experiences differ but our challenges are alike .
It’s the void of the turbulence you find yourself in and thought you could hardly stand it , but somehow , miraculously , as you patiently endured and persevered , your hands in His , it served to bring about a humility , a belief , a strength , a knowing and a tenacity , that re-ignited your fire , your passion and your faith in a way you could have not even imagined possible.
You look back.
You are astonished .
You made it .
And today you stand on the Truth of knowing who you truly are , an identity as a Child of God , the assurance of which is marked as a seal on your forehead . You are not defined or validated by people , career , social status , recognition or life experience. You smoothly transition from one role to another , one circumstance to another, thoroughly embracing your broken pieces , that hold within them the Evidence of the miracle , the wisdom , the guidance and the glory of a Power way above your capacity to comprehend , so much so that what was once dead , is not only alive again , but in a measure and degree that makes you look heavenwards and fall to your knees in awe , in wonder , in gratitude , in Grace .
What is it that raises the dead to life ?
What is it that breathes vitality into brokenness ?
What is it that invigorates the human spirit after an experience of depravity and hunger ?
What is it that brings about your creativity in the midst of a stifling triteness?
What is it?
That Presence . That Assurance . Or should I say that “reassuring Presence” that you know deep down will never let you down and does not let you give up on the fight ?
It is that what we cannot fathom that makes us . That transforms us . That changes us . That raises us .
From dust to life , and back to dust again.
The Eternal Truth, a revelation of which is the drive behind our passion to live this day we have to the best of our ability , to attack our fears as though there is no tomorrow, to exercise wisdom with valour , to KNOW that we are broken only to be made whole again , we decline only to rise again , we disintegrate only to be unified again , we crumble only to be edified again , we die only to resurrect .. yet again .
And that my friends , IS Renaissance.
A phenomenon as much today as it was back in the day . As much a bridge today as it was then . As much a spiritual awakening today as it was a cultural move then . As much a transition today , as it was a few centuries ago.
What was once conceived as a bridge between The Middle Ages and Modern History , is humanly understood today as an inevitable process that transfigures your failure into success , your fragmentation into integration , your foolishness into wisdom , your impulsiveness into discernment, your fall into your rise , your transgression into your redemption , your death into your resurrection .
A new you .
Within the old you.