Not long ago, I read an article in the paper about a kudzu vine that had transformed a utility pole into a vision of Jesus on the cross.
The absurdity of seeing Christ in kudzu had me laughing. I never could understand how some people who say they have seen Christ’s image in a misshapen zucchini or the knots in a tree trunk, think God would choose to remind us of His existence in something as mundane as a potato chip, but these people will tell you that these odd sightings are messages from God.
I’m wondering what that message might be. God in the potato chip–the fragility of life? Zucchini God–Be good or I’ll squash you? (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) As for the kudzu, we southerners know about kudzu. If left alone, it will devour everything in its path. It’s been known to swallow an entire deserted cabin and pickup so thoroughly, you wouldn’t know they were there. So God’s message might be, “I’ve got you covered.”
I’ve been watching the news about the horrific situation in Somalia. Makes our country’s debt problems and the squabbling in Congress seem so petty. I look at the aid workers and what they’re doing to ease the suffering, and I point to them as messages from God. If we are created in the Divine Image, then I think we will find the divine in each other.