“Secret. Secret. I’ve got a secret.” – Mr. Roboto
A child of the 80’s, this is the first thing that popped into my head when I saw today’s word. I’ve never really listened to the words of this song because there are so many catchy phrases. Do you know Mr. Roboto’s secret?
*** spoiler alert ***
Kilroy is escaping prison inside a janitorial droid. “Mr. Roboto” is just one song in a rock opera (I’m obviously not a Styx fan). Even if I would have really listened to the words, I can’t really understand what they mean because I didn’t understand where “Mr. Roboto” fit into the story.
Maybe this was the real secret.
We humans have always been searching for the meaning of life – like it’s some secret hidden away that only a few will find. It’s usually on a mountain in Tibet or in some wild desert place where the mystics live.
But how could the secret of life be so elusive?
How does this glorify God, in whose image we are created?
Life is all around us and in us. As Moses said in Deuteronomy, God isn’t unreachable. It isn’t in heaven or across some ocean (or on a mountain in Tibet). The secret of life (not biological living but the living the reality of eternal life) is very close to us: It’s in our mouth and in our heart, waiting for us to do it (Deuteronomy 30:14, CEB). Or as the writer of Ecclesiastes says, “God has placed eternity in our hearts.”
——five minutes are up
We might go to Tibet or a wild desert place to better understand the secret but we don’t need to go there to find it. We are the secret place.
And yes, you want truth
in the most hidden places;
you teach me wisdom
in the most secret space. – Psalm 51:6 (CEB)
My bones weren’t hidden from you
when I was being put together
in a secret place,
when I was being woven together
in the deep parts of the earth. – Psalm 139:15 (CEB)
Maybe Mr. Roboto does have the secret of life. Maybe we are Kilroy breaking free of the prison that binds us. The secret place is inside of each us. Hidden underneath the false image of what the world sees when they see us, it’s just waiting to break free. It’s waiting for us to embrace truth and wisdom and God’s deep love.
Secret. Secret. We have the secret.
It’s Five Minute Friday: “Write for five minutes on the word of the week. This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation. Just write.” Faith on FireI’ve also joined this week.
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