Monday, September 10, 2007

The Pursuit of "Higher Law"

Where is the "higher law"?

While contemplating which law school or public administration Ph.D. program to apply to, I had a radical conversion: I asked myself, is it law you really want to study? What about a "higher law"? My answer was quickly and obviously in favor of the "higher law", but I couldn't accept it: the idea of me attending seminary was just plain incongruous. Going to seminary just didn't consciously "flow" from the experience of my life at the time. So I procrastinated and just plain put it ("higher law") out of my conscious mind. For years.

Then, I had the opportunity to read scripture in a non-denominational Christian church, and I spoke the words aloud from Jeremiah 31:33-34. "I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more."

The seminary question came back, but I still couldn't imagine myself there -- somehow that was just too large a leap. But continuing to ignore the question brought no peace, but just the opposite.

Apparently the anguish of my soul and mind that I was experiencing subconsciously, began to show on my face, and good people started to reach out to me. They started something; I began to open myself more to others, to reach out to more and more people. It was then, through this sharing in community, that I received multiple, undeniable confirmations and signs of support which have enabled me to enter the seminary. It is through these others that I really came to know my own heart; I thank them for their support.

I know now and I have known for a long time -- since I was a very young girl -- that there is a "higher law" and that it is written on our hearts. I look back on my life thusfar and see it as preparation for this admission: there is nothing more important than transforming/equipping myself to stand and be a witness to the "higher law" -- any time, any place. There are plenty of opportunities; I hope to address many in this blog. Stay tuned.