Are you ‘champing at the bit’ to escape home, village, town or city for a break? Many of us have cancelled or postponed holidays and been forced to explore our own home & locale more. With parking closed off at beaches & parks, cycling & walking are the rage. I’ve appreciated many new views, angles & insights previously missed vrooming around in my car. How good to see so many families out & about together on foot or saddle!
Lockdown’s forced us to live within our homes, areas & souls more. How are you finding that? Surprised by a new interior world opening up? And I don’t mean the home & garden improvements you’ve got around to, rather the ‘inside world’ of your soul. Perhaps your home & inner world are so messy & painful that you find it hard to settle within and are desperate to escape?
‘For Sale’ signs outside houses cause me to wonder what the motive for moving is. Afterall, a better, bigger, more beautiful house won’t make you happier if you’re not at home within your own body & being. Why do we chase excitement & thrills or seek meaning & significance in alcohol, drugs, sex, competition, career, riches, relationships, & so on? Perhaps, because peace is illusive within?
The ‘grass can look greener on the other side’ of the fence, when all along lush meadows lie within to satisfy our craving & longing. Maybe we are running from memories which haunt or chasing a better body & more exciting life. If so, it won’t matter how brilliant the new house, new look, new relationship or new norm, we’ll still feel displaced & ill at ease within our body & being.
The lure & lie of the Evil One is that happiness, purpose & peace lies ‘out there’ somewhere, when all along it’s under our nose. Jesus invites us ‘to come home’ within, to let him help untie the knots, calm the storms & clear the fog, which all to easily drive us from the real & renewed self, Jesus wants to introduce us to: the ‘beloved daughter / son’ we are through faith in Him.
‘Jesus resumed talking to the people, but now tenderly. “The Father has given me all these things to do and say. This is a unique Father-Son operation, coming out of Father and Son intimacies and knowledge. No one knows the Son the way the Father does, nor the Father the way the Son does. But I’m not keeping it to myself; I’m ready to go over it line by line with anyone willing to listen.
28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:27-30 / MSG)
As the old hymn puts it,
“Come home! come home! Ye who are weary, come home!
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling, Calling, O sinner, come home!”