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Measure for Measure

Just standing about doing nothing, if that were possible.

Halcrow Yolles are the Structural Engineers fo...

Halcrow Yolles are the Structural Engineers for the ‘Walkie Talkie’ building which is currently under construction at Fenchurch Street, London.. “Building Database – Project – 20 Fenchurch Street” . . Retrieved 2011-08-30 . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Did you see that story about the building in London that focused the rays of the sun and melted a car?

A brilliant lesson in “Ye cannae change the laws o physics”. If you build a concave building, cover it in shininess and leave it out in the sun, it is going to act like a magnifying glass and draw the energy together and send it towards location.

All the building has to do is stand there.

Much as there must be an architect somewhere now thinking, “Like, duh,” I find the idea interesting that a stationary, inanimate object can affect life around it, just be being there. The laws of physics bring in inevitability and the beam of heat will form.

I can’t help but be reminded of Paul’s introduction to the ‘armour of God’ in Ephesians ch 6:

Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

I like the way that all the Ephesians were being encouraged to do was, ultimately “to stand”.

Of course, I’ve hopped over into metaphor here, but when the Ephesians don the helmet of salvation, the shield of faith, the shoes of readiness, the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness and pick up the sword of the Spirit… and their shiny armour dazzles in the sun…

And they stand…

What is the metaphorical equivalent of the car that melts three streets away?

If someone would manage to live this way, strong enough “after everything”, simply “to stand”, what are the outcomes that you wouldn’t expect, that, perhaps with hindsight, would seem inevitable…?



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6 thoughts on “Just standing about doing nothing, if that were possible.

  1. theotheri on said:

    What I find most fascinating is your observation that an inanimate object can do so much just be standing there.

    And I guess by a different route than Paul to the Ephesians, I too think about how much we might accomplish just by “standing there.”

    We so often feel so helpless, so small. But if a building… It really is a message of hope!

  2. You made me think of the question “if a tree falls in the forest with no one to witness it, did it make a sound” The idea of inanimate objects having no impact or animate objects having an impact only if observed is deep and reflects how important relationships are in the grand scheme of things. I think that I confused myself a little. hee, hee

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