Sometimes I think I’m too busy worrying about how I’ll get out of the rabbit hole to even bother going in. Don’t get me wrong counting the cost and having good methodology is not just important…it’s foundational. However, I often get stuck between counting the cost and creating the perfect methodology that I never make it to the entrance of rabbit hole. I often find that by the time I’ve counted all the cost and created the right methodology that fear has gripped me so, that paralysis has set it. And once my ability to move comes back, I move as far away from the rabbit hole as I possibly can. This is an unfortunate reality because it’s down the rabbit hole that my brothers and sisters are laying in anguish, pleading for my help; wondering when and if I will come down. There have been many times that God has asked me to go and do without ever letting me know why, what for, or the cost involved. It’s in these times that he’s asking me to trust him more; to put my faith in him. It is he who empowers and brings aid when needed. All I have to do is go…and it’s the going that is the hardest part.
What if God has raised us up for such a time as this? To be the ones that go down into the rabbit hole not just to visit, but to remain. It’s no longer enough that we enter the hole, but we must dwell there as Christ dwelled here on earth with us. The incarnate Christ entered the world, walked where we walked, dined where we dined, lived where we lived, and died a death we deserved taking on our sin…our pain. He did this not because we deserved it, but because he loved us. It is this love that will drive us to enter the rabbit hole, and dwell in its depths until the Father calls us home. It’s this love that motivated Paul when he said “For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16) This kind of love is more than just warm and fuzzy feelings, but it’s bound up with our commitment to God, to proclaiming and living out his gospel; to love our neighbor as ourselves. Without this kind of love we would never dare think of entering the rabbit hole. The call to Christ likeness is one that will be ripe with suffering for all who except it. It will also yield great joy, unity reflective of heaven, and love like we’ve never experienced before. It’s in the rabbit hole we go…this is where we experience unity and love in one of it’s truest forms. It’s at this point that we’re willing to say “off with my head.”
Lauryn Hill once said “Fantasy is what people want, but reality is what they need.” To me descending the depths of the rabbit hole is the reality that we keep avoiding, but it’s key to intimacy with Christ, and others like we’ve never known. It’s time we forsake the fantasies of this world and dwell in the depths of the rabbit hole.