100s of ways to kneel
There are 100s of ways to kneel and kiss the ground – Rumi
I have a snippet of this poem in my prayer book and I found myself pondering it. It’s from a poem by Sufi mystic, Rumi.
At first I thought that Rumi meant for each of us there is a huge number of ways to worship and I was just about to start to write a list when I caught myself and laughed! I am fairly sure that Rumi was not expecting anyone to sit down and write a list, numbered and ranked.
After more thought I feel that he was referring to the fact that we are each treading our own paths to the divine, God has different forms for each person, for each culture and there is no right way or journey to make. The same as there is no single way to worship, it is different for each person.
I have always had a deep connection with the divine, as I’ve said before the exact form has varied, but that connection is what is truth and a certainty for me. I think this is why I am still so reticent to evangelise about God and Jesus, why actually the word ‘Jesus’ still makes me uncomfortable – because for a lot of people the word comes with a huge amount of certainty. I don’t feel that.
I am not, nor ever going to say that Jesus is THE ONLY way to the divine, I just don’t believe that to be true. Which puts me at odds with a significant part of the gospel, which is another reason why I’m still quite hesitant to call myself a Christian. Still. I talk about it here and then I want to delete it away because I’m not totally comfortable with it all.
My path to God wobbles a lot, or more to the point I drift away and end up trekking though the wilds and getting tangled in the brambles. And that’s ok, I suspect that will always be the case.
There are 100s of ways to kneel and kiss the ground and all of them are valid and good.