Today’s Big Idea: The Divine Dance of the Trinity shows us that vulnerability is the pathway to whole and healthy relationships.
When we are wounded, we recoil – our first instinct is to withdraw, to separate, to isolate. When we do so, we build metaphorical walls which separate us from others. But God in the form of the Trinity shows us that God’s very nature is opposed to these walls – His ministry is one of “reconciliation,” not division.
We build our walls like a dam in a river, trying to block out and hold back that which might be too much for us. But the river of God’s love cannot be held in by our walls; it washes over our dams and ultimately invites us to break them down. I am reminded of the poet Wendell Berry: “[The river] is rigorously embanked and bound, and yet it is free… It will grind out its dams. It will go over or around them. They will become pieces.” God tears down these dams and walls because that is what true relationship demands, and God’s nature is for relationship.