Have you ever thought about how everything, right now, in this very moment is spinning?
There is a constant revolving gumption entwined in the universe. From the earths unending turn, to its orbit, to the moon's motion around us, to the sun around the galaxy, and even the galaxy around other unseen forces. (Which I am sure a physicist, could tell you much more about.) This is occurring on a subatomic level, as well. Our atoms are filled with electrons that chase after each other. Even our own voices are simply oscillations.
Doesn't it make you dizzy?
Why so much spinning? Why so much back and forth? Why must it all come back right to where it was before? And if everything is prone to spin, does that mean we must too. (No - not to literately stand up and spin in circles.)
I mean with our feelings, our thoughts, our progress, and quite simply - our lives.
I thought success was about incline. I thought it was about being better every day, - and perhaps it still is. Maybe, it is not a question of what we do, but how we do it?
I do think that we were born to spin. We were born to go crazy sometimes, and born to be in confusion. Maybe it's because lines cannot ever really be concentric, however - circles can.
Maybe we spin, not so that we can lose time, but instead gain it. So that we don't go too far off course. So that we always have a center and another force to follow. So that we can return home. So that we can reach the end of a day and start again the next day. So that we can learn from repetition. So that we can find a second chance. So that we can continually come to a place of consistency, in an inconsistent manner.
This also leads me to believe something else. That perhaps Psalms 96 is not a coincidence.
You see, David begins this praise by calling us to join in with him. He calls us to sing with him a new song - and then he calls everything else to do so as well:
"Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice! Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise!" - Psalm 96:11
To some it may seem like just another Psalm. Just another cry. Just another praise, from a glad people.
Though, I wonder if there is more?
What makes me ponder and believe there is a little bit more to the praising of all creation, is the word used for rejoice here. Yes, there is a derivative you find when you read between the lines. The Hebrew word used for 'Rejoice,' there is GUWL, which means: To spin. And spin uncontrollably.
Hmm. What a thought. To spin. And to spin uncontrollably. A truly undignified creation, if you ask me.
To Spin. To Rejoice. To Spin. To Rejoice. To think that if this is true, and that if David is right, then 'to spin' and 'to worship' are both intertwined and woven together. Meaning that the earth does rejoice. That everything else does too. Because - as I was reminded before - everything, right now, in this very moment is spinning.
But what makes it so convincing is the truth about spinning.
Sometimes I have the tendency to base a spinning circle off of its curvature. However, a circle is only truly a circle due to its center. That unseen force that instructs its focus inward. That constant point of reference. That point that has allowed all the other points to follow it completely around to its ending destination, which is now its new beginning, and which has now created circumference. A circle. We are all living in circles.
Which, when I think about that concept, it brings me back to Moses, as he spoke to God on Mount Sinai:
"But Moses protested to God, 'Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?'
God answered, 'I will be with you. And this is your sign that I am the one who has sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God at this very mountain.'" - Exodus 3:11-12
"At this very mountain." At. This. Very. Mountain. God did something absurd.
The only way Moses would know God is God, is to follow God. To follow him all the way around, and all the way back, and to watch himself do what only he could to with God at the center.
God drew a circle with Moses.
And God told Moses to spin.
God told him to spin. To spin, just like the rest of the creation.
He asked him to 'rejoice.' And to rejoice with his life.
What does that even mean for us? Quite frankly I don’t know, but I am constantly comforted and drawn back to it, creating a paradox in my spinning mind.
So, wherever you are, whoever you are, and whatever you are doing currently. Be comforted by your spinning mind, your repetitive confusion or your habitual living. Sometimes, we go through the motions. Sometime we live in the circles of God’s momentum. Sometimes we live like compasses turning. Sometimes, we live in a perpetual back and forth. However - take comfort, because the entire universe is in similar motion. The entire sequence of creation does the same thing too. And it is all worshiping God through it.
So we must do the same, as well.
We must just praise God alongside his creation and in his wonder. We can follow our center. We can whirl and rejoice.
Because everything, right now, in this very moment is spinning.