Every once in a while, I get a whiff of something, a brief glimpse of another time in another place. Just a fragment of a scene – the house with the garden, the form of a person in the doorway, the scents of the flowers drifting on the breeze. Familiar, though I can’t remember why. Loved, though I can’t remember who or where. And so real, I can almost smell it and feel the warmth of the sun.
For a long time I thought this was memories of the past (and it might be just that), but now I wonder if it’s actually glimpses of heaven, of what and who we’ll see there. Sometimes I think I know the people in the vision; sometimes its the place – house, garden – that seems familiar. But always, always, there is the sense of familiar and loved.
I wonder if this is what Lewis was thinking of when he had Jewel the unicorn say, in The Last Battle, that we loved Narnia because it reminded us of Aslan’s country.
And I wonder how much our longing for that beloved, familiar place is behind our dissatisfaction with this life, our moves from one house or job or relationship to another, or our travel to exotic locales. Are we always just searching for home?
The thing is, we were created to live in God. Adam was formed in God’s image, designed to be a companion and friend of God, fashioned for fellowship with his Creator. We lost so much more than we understand when Adam disobeyed.
Nothing will make us truly and eternally happy, or content, or at peace, until we make our home in Him.
It’s not enough to say that you are saved. Not enough to say that you’ve filled that ‘God-sized hole’ inside you with God rather than other stuff. Definitely not enough to say you’re ‘following Him’. Even when we’ve done that, we still feel a need for more.
Oh, the need comes and goes, but it’s always there, underneath. Isn’t it?
What we really need is to go farther, and actually move into Him. Pack up and move to another place.
Just move right into God’s heart. You invited Jesus into your heart when you got saved, but He wants you to live in His heart, too.
This is God’s strongest desire – not that He lives in us, but that we live in Him. This is what we were created for!
In that place of oneness with Him we can live in wholeness in every facet of our being.
In oneness with Him, we can be who and what we were created to be – unique and individual and perfect!
And from that place of oneness with Him, we can reach out and change the world, one heart at a time.
May you find your true home in Him, and move right in and settle down, nevermore to roam.
I in them, and You in Me – John 17:23 (The whole chapter is good, especially from verse 20 to the end!)