NEW CASTLE —
So, what do we REALLY want?
That’s a hard, hard question but some clues are taking shape.
•We want a hope and a future
•We want intimacy and to be known
•We want to be comforted
•We want rest
•We want security
•We want something more than this world has to offer.
Am I getting warmer? Maybe we DO know what we really want. Yet we’re so conditioned to hear the voices of this world that we fail to hear The Voice who knows us better than we know ourselves.
We live in a broken, fallen Earth that still, because of who created it, offers plenty of beautiful views. But because of our fallen human nature, we must march together through some dark valleys before we can scale new heights.
There’s a passage in the book, “The Noticer,” that speaks loudly to that very issue.
“Everybody wants to be on the mountaintop, but if you’ll remember, mountaintops are rocky and cold. There is no growth on top of the mountain. Sure, the view is great, but what’s a view for?
“A view just gives us a glimpse of our next destination — our next target. But to hit the target, we must come off the mountain, go through the valley, and begin to climb the next slope. It is in the valley that we slog through the lush grass and rich soil, learning and becoming what enables us to summit life’s next peak.”
And then slip on the hiking boots. Our tour guide is waiting.