I am one who first and foremost attempts to think about life’s purpose very deeply. My Christian faith coaches me in my thinking. I have shared before my situation wherein I was taking Chemistry and Philosophy at the same time in undergraduate school and considered the sort of chicken and egg decision regarding which came first, simple atomic structure, or thought. I came out on the side of thought. I then realized that the Thought (God) that brought about atomic structure into being must be the Supreme Thought that brings in all things, the cosmos and our own molecular makeup, into being.
I then needed a way to capture the way I thought about this relationship between God and me. As I remember reading in Scripture about when Mary (earthly mother of our Incarnate God) was visited by a messenger of God and how she wrestled with such an epiphany. Her experience is explained that, “In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.” (Luke 1:26-29 NRSV) And again after she gave birth and mortal shepherds shared with her what they experienced when they were visited by divine beings. It is said of her: “But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19 NRSV) So I ponder too. Thank you Mary, Luke and the NRSV.
My Pondering is not limited to Church and Bible
Pondering is not for the faint of heart. To ponder is to take words, thoughts and ideas into the mind and move them around like marbles over prearranged holes and see how they fit and look with their various colors – what they might look like when settled. My God-given, prearranged holes line up for Christian spirituality, Health and Fitness, and Music. So, like Mary, as I ponder these subjects in my heart, I grow in the three different ways that Christian Spirituality, Health and Fitness and Music develop and define me. As I continue to move forward with my “onewhoponders” page I will drift from one topic to another staying within the three-fold framework of Christian Spirituality, Health and Fitness, and Music. I invite you to develop your own direction that The Spirit is leading you. And, I also invite you to follow me on my journey as I continue to discern what the Spirit is saying to me as I ponder anew what the Almighty is doing.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to God’s people and “Ponder anew what the Almighty can do.” John Thomas Frazier Sr.