If you are searching,
you must not stop
until you find.
When you find, however,
you will become troubled.
Your confusion will give way to wonder.
In wonder you will reign over all things.
Your sovereignty will be your rest.
“The Gospel of Thomas; Wisdom of the Twin,” Lynn Bauman
The Gospel Of Thomas is fascinating. The underlying themes (unlike the canonical gospels which focus on the narrative of Jesus’s life and what He taught) are mindfulness, presence, searching for what is hidden, and finding it within.
This is apparent in the very first two Logions, the 2nd of which is above. This Logion is about searching for something, not stopping until you find it (because it takes great persistence since it’s “hidden”), finding it, becoming troubled and confused by it, but then eventually being able to understand it, which leads to “wonder” and “rest”.
Don’t get thrown off by “reign” and “sovereignty”. They don’t refer to hierarchy or ruling over anything. Rather, I would suggest they refer to finding your place in the body of Christ. Remember “The vine and the branches”? Jesus described Himself as the vine, and we as the branches. He was using a metaphor to describe His “body”. The Body of Christ is all of us. That is, we are all in the body of Christ. We are a part of it, just as branches are a part of a plant.
What is it that you think Jesus is describing in this saying? What are we searching for? Why are we troubled and confused when we find it? How do we get past that to wonder to “rest”? And what does rest mean there?
The saying is designed to elicit whatever answers come up in you. What do you think He is talking about?
I’d like to hear from you on what you think this is about. I will publish (with your permission) what you write. You can write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And I will share my thoughts on it next time. But in the meantime, what do you think?