I was sitting around the other day with a group of friends trying to figure out the possibilities of the day – and they seemed endless. While nothing truly came to the surface, we did figure out that in the climate of the times we could just sit and do nothing. Therefore, our nothingness produced a “something.” Besides, nothing is cool and cool is after all, well, cool.
In the realm of the nothing we were doing we did, or at least I did, noticed that while we were actually doing nothing, we were actually doing something – a situation that seemed to escape most of the others because they were truly doing “nothing.” Nevertheless, this “nothingness” is not nothing, because the “nothingness/somethingness” that develops caused some interesting thoughts, random thoughts, thoughts that seem to be not connected, but in reality are truly connected – which brings to mind another interesting fact – if nothingness is truly “something” then “randomness” is truly “connectedness.” The only problem with random thought is that we seldom see the connection – but if we look close we will see that they are there, the connections. The idea that random is not connective, to me, is silly – random is totally connective. So you see, random is connection, and in turn, connection is random – which is an interesting way of seeing the chaotic world.
In our little group random ideas came to light all the time. Thoughts that I do not remember thinking before, and without writing them down I will never think again. But then again, my mind works in synoptic random pops of chemicals based on limited brain power, so I could have thought them before – just not recorded them in the “record section” of my brain. I like random thought, I find comfort in the fact that want is seen as random, and defined as random, is in fact, over time – connective and not random at all – which again, is very cool – and believe it or not, very worship filled, very “teachable.” I think I like random so much because it means we are unable to define the divine – we try, but in reality we are not even close.
For me, thinking in random thought allows me to see connections that I would otherwise miss. For example, have you ever purchased something on a whim – and then find that you need what you purchased? Maybe not that day, but say six months from that day? The random act of the impulsive purchase was actually connected in the long-run – dear I say it again, very cool. For me, and in my randomness, I see God working that way. What we see, or think of, as random and non-connective happenings are in fact connective. It is just that we may not see the connection in the short term. Heck, we may never see the connection on this side of eternality. But you see, in randomness we can find “connectiveness” and for me that is exciting (bet you thought I was going to write “cool” again).
Think about this – it was in our sitting around doing our “something/nothingness” that I saw a “randomness/connection” idea come to life – causing me to wonder; are they connected? I mean, is “nothingness and randomness” connected at some level? I wonder. And if they are what does that say for evangelical theology? think of it this way. I recently had a discussion with a person who took offence with the idea that God created out of nothingness – for him, and his theological base, nothingness was “evil” and God could not create out of evil. That got me thinking. If God always was, always was – from no point did God not exists – then before God created God was around – right? Therefore, before God created (there was nothingness) and God lived in the “nothingness” – so, how can “nothingness be evil?” I wonder. If God takes “nothing,” and creates “something,” and the “something” He creates is “sinful,” (for example, man!) can we say that the “nothing” then was not sinful
One thing for sure, randomness is very interesting stuff – and it sure can twist a mind. Here’s a thing to think about, was my sitting with my friends as “random” as it seemed? Could it truly be a connection that was missed until that moment? But in it all, randomness is exciting, and a good point to start a lesson.