I had the chance to go to a really fun concert this weekend and one of the performers said something that got me wondering about whether or not God experiences gratefulness. Who, pray-tell, was the lyrical genius who made such an eloquent statement that I began to reflect on God in the middle of a packed stadium? It was Donnie from New Kids on the Block. I’ll pause while you laugh….
All done? ha ha! Well, I don’t know that it was so much that he is a lyrical genius or said something terribly eloquent, but thought provoking (for me at least) it was. He said that so many fans have been thanking them for reuniting so we can relive our giddy teenage years and see them perform again. And like any gracious person would do, he said no, that he wanted to thank the fans for such a warm welcome and the opportunity to perform again. To which Joey, my fave NKOTB member, said that there is nothing like hearing your songs on the radio or seeing people enjoy what you’ve worked so hard on. And he said that he wouldn’t be a singer without an audience. Sort of in that philosophical sense of the audience being an essential part of him being who he is (as a performer). As Rebecca St James stated in her song, Without You, “Like a king without a country, that’s me without you, it ain’t never gonna feel right”. Even in my job, I feel complete because of it, but wouldnt’ have that feeling without patients to minister to right? Tom Cruise made big bucks from that phrase, “you complete me”, but could that be applied to God?
I frequently imagine and name God as Creator and find a lot of meaning in the belief that we know much about God because of God’s creations here on earth, just as I would know much about an artist (creator) by seeing their creation. And I feel closer to God because of God’s creation. I am sure God would be God without us, but would God be Father, would God be Creator? And so do we complete God? Well, that probably is where I lean into the land of heresy because in my head this recording goes off: God is perfect and anything less than complete would be imperfect so that can’t be. But it still makes me wonder. God delights in us, that is for sure. Is there more? Does God need us? Do we fulfill God somehow, like a child fulfills someone meant to be a parent? Just because I have that recording in my brain, no doubt due to drilled in teachings from my education, it doesn’t seem to answer the question for me. That’s the problem sometimes (at least for me)-the rational reasons or logic puzzles don’t always give me fulfilling reasons or answers. I imagine that’s because we’re more than just head, we were created as much more. Thank God, even if it does cause confusion!