I have a child who enjoys classical music & rap. For me, these contrasts don’t match up too well, but to each his own.
I also made an interesting blueberry pie a few days ago where the recipe called for goat cheese & chopped almonds / more contrasts. The pie was like a party in my mouth because of the complementing contrasts: tangy goat cheese & sweet blueberries as well as crunchy almonds & soft blueberries. These contrasts were super pleasant although not something I’d usually consider.
That’s the interesting thing with contrasts: we don’t normally put contrasts together because they often seem to compete rather than blend & complement. But alas, this is how much of following Jesus seems to play out.
- Jesus applauded Peter for acknowledging Him as the Son of God but He rebuked Peter for shooting off his mouth;
- Jesus demonstrates genuine love in the face of abhorrent & brutal humanity;
- we are to each celebrate our unique gifts & talents while blending them into the Body of Christ for mutual benefit
Navigating contrasts for spiritual growth requires us to pay attention to the Holy Spirit & remain steady in our commitment to genuinely love 🙂