Some Larger Way
The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way. (J. R. R. Tolkien)
The Sacred Romance calls to us 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. It is even present in times of great personal suffering-the illness of a child, the loss of a marriage, the death of a friend. 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 , 195)
My heart is becoming alive once again. After all these decades of efficiency and productivity, I am being reminded by my Father, by His voice, that following His leading, through my heart, trumps efficiency and productivity every time. It may not seem like the most direct route, in fact, it’s normally not the most direct route. But His route is the best way! He loves me more deeply than I can understand and the things He is teaching me through, what I perceive as difficulties, are there to help me love Him better and love others better as well.
Thanks for praying for us!