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And I still haven’t found what I’m looking for. U2.
is a secret set within each of our hearts. It often goes unnoticed,
we rarely can put words to it, and yet it guides us throughout the
days of our lives. This secret remains hidden for the most part in
our deepest selves. It is simply the desire for life as it was meant
to be. Isn’t there is a life you have been searching for all your
days? You may not always be aware of your search, and there are
times when you seem to have abandoned looking altogether.
It seems to come and go at will. Seasons may pass until it surfaces again. And though it seems to taunt us, and may at times cause us great pain, we know when it returns that it is priceless. For if we could recover this desire, unearth it from beneath all other distractions and embrace it as our deepest treasure, we would discover the secret of our existence.
We all share the same dilemma - we long for life and we’re not sure where to find it. We wonder if we ever do find it, can we make it last? The longing for life within us seems incongruent with the life we find around us.
What is available seems at times close to what we want, but never quite a fit. We must journey to find the life we prize. And the guide we have been given is the desire set deep within, the desire we often overlook, or mistake for something else or even choose to ignore.
The greatest human tragedy is simply to give up the search. There is nothing of greater importance than the life of our deep heart.
To lose heart is to lose everything. And if we are to bring our hearts along in our life’s journey, we simply must not, we cannot abandon this desire.
And so Gerald May writes,
There is a desire within each of us, in the deep center of ourselves that we call our heart. We were born with it, it is never completely satisfied, and it never dies. We are often unaware of it, but it is always awake… Our true identity, our reason for being, is to be found in this desire.
The clue as to who we really are and why we are here comes to us through our heart’s desire.
From The Sacred Romance.
Used with permission from John Eldredge www.ransomedheart.com
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