One of my earliest memories is of playing in our little suburban garden on a sunny weekend afternoon with the whole family about me. I was aged four. Mum and Dad were sat on the bench, and I was playing with my new toy spade. It had a bright red steel blade and wooden handle just like the real thing. I was digging a hole in the lawn in front of the bench, and someone asked if I was digging my way to Australia. I paused, fascinated by the question, and then I went back to the digging, hammer and tongs. I think I badly wanted to meet a kangaroo! I got to a depth of nearly six inches before forgetting my mission, and finding something easier to do.
We all know that from the point of view of someone in the UK, the people in Australia are upside down, and vice versa. I think this is analogous to the views of people who live in the world, compared to those who live in the Kingdom of Heaven. The sayings and actions of Jesus give us many paradoxical seeming insights into His view of this world.
I was originally going to make a list of these sayings and give my opinions on them, but then I found this podcast that does the job much better.
Yep, you guessed it, it’s from Australia! And it’s a lot more illuminating than a kangaroo wearing a headlamp.