The Eriesistible Linchpin

Why in THE world would anyone audaciously announce that Erie Pa is a linchpin city in the state of Pennsylvania?

Yes….we’ll get to the really cool reason why but don’t you see that question begs this one: Why in the world would anyone name their city Erie?

I mean eerie probably has the same basic definition in the dictionary that it has had for hundreds of years; I don’t think it’s an entry in the opposite land of the Urban dictionary like, you know, “He bad” actually means that he’s really good; or “I’m down” means I’m coming along too…etc. Are you pickin’ up what I’m putting down? (somebody check urban dictionary for me puhleeeaasseee;) GOAL: Erie=cooooollll

In the meantime, I  understand that the Eriez Indians were the earliest inhabitants, and it’s cool to name your land after the folks you stole it from…but sheesh the colonists didn’t name every city after its’ indigenous occupants; and I’m pretty sure no Quakers jumped on the spooky-name-suggestion bandwagon regarding their new homeland….

I personally wouldn’t hesitate to use Shawnee or even Cherokee, or how about Iroquois….any other less macabre-sounding tribe… How many cities do you know of that are named after a tribe?  I know of practically none: no Navajo, or Apache cities in Texas, by the way…but okay, there is a tiny town named Comanche.

Somebody must’ve been trying to assuage his guilt or ease the tribe’s pain. I mean Lake Erie  would be a big improvement. Some credible soul please make this suggestion to city council or whoever has authority to tweak the small city’s moniker…I’m not kidding;)

An organization’s brand is supposed to be powerful, right?

Enlighten me….how does one genuinely promote tourism, arts, culture, not to mention family values, healthiness, friendliness or fun if the name of the city connotes something possibly sinister, creepy or weird?

The only explanation I’ve come to accept is that this place I’ve been assigned to is named Erie because it has to do with the way God is never predictable.  I have to believe He loves to hide treasures in improbable places….the savior in the manger and the pearl in the oyster, He adores creating something from nothing, exchanging beauty for ashes and squeezing strength out of fear.

Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; the honor of kings to search it out.

Look. Heaven is His throne and the earth is just His footstool right? And according to His Word, He is totally engrossed in the events happening on our little planet, in our little solar system. I mean He really cares about us.

Humans have always played the largest part in HIStory and hopefully most of us realize that while He was still on the earth, The Word who became Jesus was the master storyteller.  We mere mortals tend to deem this characteristic of the Trinity to be slightly less significant in comparison to say, His supernatural attributes like: Omniscience, Omnipresence or Omnipotence. And that’s perfectly understandable…

I’m just saying my God is incredibly personal and an intimate friend of mine and hopefully You have made Him yours also. He really likes sharing movies with me, and once in a while He will lead me to a scene from a television show, to simply let me know He’s got my back, or to let me know He understands what a ridiculously absurd lesson it is He is teaching me so I receive in this message the resolve to hang in there…and know…this too shall pass…

Despite the likelihood that there are universes which may well exist but are yet unknown to us earthlings, He chooses to spend His time communicating His Love for us. He literally enjoys hanging with us.

He longs to show us the fullness of His Glory.  The Alpha and Omega not only first chose us; He actually made us in His image.  He is LOVE and He takes the time to train us in order that we learn to trust Him, for He will trust us to rule and reign someday.

Hopefully, I’ve wet your appetite for some deep diving, and flexed your mental muscles. It is totally necessary conditioning for the road in front of us….

Intertwining the mysteriousness of His cosmos and His ecclesiastical predilection towards contrasts; we must resolve to seriously engage our imaginations from here on out…. if we are going to grasp the parallels inherent in the thesis proposed in the opening paragraph…but first……………

I feel a Bible break comin’ on……Isaiah will help us out here – tying this together before a much needed intermission.

Dobbins LandingArise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and HIS GLORY appears over you.

Please read the rest of Isaiah 60….it is so prophetic and relevant…and come back later…

The Best is Yet to Come!