[This is] the secret we cannot hide and cannot tell, though we desire to do both. We cannot tell it because it is a desire for something that has never actually appeared in our experience. We cannot hide it because our experience is constantly suggesting it, and we betray ourselves like lovers at the mention of a name. Our commonest expedient is to call it beauty and behave as if that had settled the matter…but all of this is a cheat.
…The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust to them; it was not in them, it only came through them, and what came through them was longing. These things–the beauty, the memory of our own past–are good images of what we really desire, but…they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited. Do you think I am trying to weave a spell? Perhaps I am; but remember your fairy tales. Spells are used for breaking enchantments as well as for inducing them.
The Weight of Glory, C.S. Lewis
“Don’tcha ever get that feeling,” she said with the weariness of someone much older, “when you run up a new path in the woods that you’ll find something at the end of it…something you’ve never seen?”
Yes, he did not say aloud.
Auralia and the ale boy, Auralia’s Colors, Jeffrey Overstreet
Indeed, if we will listen, a Sacred Romance calls to us through our heart every moment of our lives. It whispers to us on the wind, invites us through the laughter of good friends, reaches out to us through the touch of someone we love. We’ve heard it in our favorite music, sensed it at the birth of our first child, been drawn to it while watching the shimmer of a sunset on the ocean…Something calls to us through experiences like these and rouses an inconsolable longing deep within our heart, wakening in us a yearning for intimacy, beauty, and adventure.
This longing is the most powerful part of any human personality. It fuels our search for meaning, for wholeness, for a sense of being truly alive. However we may describe this deep desire, it is the most important thing about us, our heart of hearts, the passion of our life. And the voice that calls to us in this place is none other than the voice of God.
The Sacred Romance, Brent Curtis and John Eldredge
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
Have you ever sighed from deep within, unsure what you were longing for, but certain you were missing something in your life? Do you feel the longing that pulses gently in the depths of your soul, wakening and pounding in the presence of memory, of beauty, of life? Can you see the glimmers of His glory twinkling in the world around you, reminding you of the home you haven’t yet seen, beckoning you to love and life and adventure beyond anything you have dared to imagine?
If not, don’t worry–I used to be blind to it as well. But as the apostle Paul prayed in the book of Ephesians, the “eyes of my heart” have been opened, and I’m slowly becoming aware of the grand adventure of faith that calls to us in the midst of everyday life. More importantly, I’m learning to recognize and run to the voice of the Author of that adventure, and to allow the threads of my story to be woven into the wondrous tapestry of His glory, grace, and purpose.
It is my prayer that through the simple words and images you’ll find here, you’ll begin to hear the echoes of eternity singing to you from the heart of everyday life. I pray that your longing will lead you beyond the stories, beyond the photos, beyond the echoes, straight to the voice and the heart of God…for it is there, and only there, that you will find what you’ve been seeking all along.
Welcome to the adventure, friend.