NBC is out with a wacky new show called Save Me that stars Anne Heche as a wife and mother who isn’t doing well — lots of booze and bad behaviour — then chokes on a sandwich and wakes up a prophet of God! A CAT scan shows she has a brain abnormality associated with holy people, she senses information and suggestions she couldn’t know, and she even seems to be able to produce crazy special effects, like lightening! She can even perform a song she never heard before in church, where she has never been before!
You ever heard that old line “People who think that they know it all are really annoying to those of us who actually do?”
Yeah. It’s like that. A prophet is just someone who knows that walls are illusions, even the wall most people think separates humans from the god voice. Those walls being erased creates a lot of buffeting, a lot of exposure, a lot of challenge, but it also creates a lot of connection, a lot of insight, a lot of enlightenment. The only reason prophets have so many answers is because they live with so many questions.
There is no place to go and get your official designation as a certified prophet. As Niels Bohr said, “The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.” Prophets are going to have profound truths, but that doesn’t mean that they will concur.
If the old testament tells us anything about being a prophet, it tells us that the road to revelation is always an intense one, because opening the pathways between all things means stripping away the comfort of convention.
“How could God do this horrible thing?” Because God is God, and she doesn’t see boundaries like you do. She lives in a much bigger picture.
And that’s no sitcom.