All of life is a coming home. Salesmen, secretaries, coal miners, bee keepers, sword swallowers, all of us. All the restless hearts of the world, trying to find a way to go home. It’s hard to describe how I felt then. Picture yourself walking for days in a driving snow. You don’t even know you’re walking in circles…the heaviness of your legs in the drifts, your shouts disappearing into the wind. How small you can feel. How far away home can be.
The dictionary defines it as both a place of origin and a goal or destination. The storm? The storm was all in my mind. Eventually I would find the right path, but in the most unlikely place.
– Patch Adams
Where have you taken your soul’s need for unearned love?
In what or in whom do you seek a sense of unconditional belonging?
Where do you regularly feel joyful, nourished, and satisfied?
In Isaiah 66, God unveils the secret to these questions with a promise brimming with hope and possibility:
“You newborns can satisfy yourselves
at her nurturing breasts.
Yes, delight yourselves and drink your fill
at her ample bosom.
I’ll pour robust well-being into her like a river,
the glory of nations like a river in flood.
You’ll nurse at her breasts,
nestle in her bosom,
and be bounced on her knees.
As a mother comforts her child,
so I’ll comfort you.
You will be comforted in Jerusalem.
You’ll see all this and burst with joy
—you’ll feel ten feet tall—
As it becomes apparent that God is on your side.”
If this is God’s intention, then what’s gone wrong? What is in the way of growing our attachment and attunement to God? Why do we find ourselves wanting and even genuinely loving God, yet continuing to attach our hearts and hopes to so many other things?
Join Cherie and me in Part 1 of this series as we explore the hope of a palpable attachment to the living God as our Source of pleasure, joy, and comfort—a secure attachment through which we could feel ten feet tall, overflowing with loyal love for our Father’s good and precious world.
For the Kingdom,
- List three unhealthy ways you seek comfort.
- List three healthy ways you seek comfort.
- What is the condition of your attachment to God? Not beliefs, or theology, but your operational, daily practice.
- In prayer and with God, explore this PDF.