Incredibly bizarre or mysteriously beautiful, hybrids can be seen across the landscape of our human experience. Most notably we find them in our gardens.
Years ago, hubby Terry was smitten with the beauty of hybrid roses. Slowly, and with intentional stealth, he dotted our yard with a wide array of Jackson & Perkins offerings.
Here's the deal: Hybrids cannot reproduce, and they have no scent.
I know you know that, but for some odd reason this fact assaulted my spiritual senses this week. It occurred to me that, no matter how beautiful or weird, hybrids are short-lived creatures. Their mystery resides in, & revels at the composite DNA that makes for their existence.
Merriam tells us that hybrids are: 1 : an offspring of two animals or plants of different races, breeds, varieties, species, or genera, or 2 : a person whose background is a blend of two diverse cultures or traditions
In the realm of nature, not all bad.
In the realm of the spirit, not at all good.
How can righteousness be a
partner with wickedness?
How can light live with darkness?
What harmony can there be
between Christ and the devil?
How can a believer be a
partner with an unbeliever?
And what union can there be
between God’s temple and idols?
For we are the temple of
the living God.
2 Corinthians 6:14-16 (NLT)
I don't mean to imply that believers and unbelievers ought not mix. Heaven's no! There are many unbelievers in my life, and I love them dearly. I think they'd say the same about me.
What struck me in the hybrid-regard of which I speak is this:
We can mix God's ways and man's ways; His words and man's words, all we want, but the outcome will be an oddity so absurd we can't believe our eyes; or so marvelously & deceptively beautiful it will bring tears. In both cases it's an aberration - sterile, unscented, unable to reproduce.
Not at all what God had in mind.
But thanks be to God,
Who always leads us in triumphal
procession in Christ and
through us spreads everywhere
the fragrance of the knowledge of him.
For we are to God
the aroma of Christ
among those who are being saved ...
the fragrance of life.
2 Corinthians 2:14-16