As I continue to work through the Landmarks book idea, I have had other ideas for books pop into my head. It occurred to me this week that perhaps all of you, as my blog readers, could weigh in on some of them. So I’ll post a different idea on each blog for the next couple of weeks. If it interests you, let me know.
Here’s the first idea:
A rainbow is made up of seven distinct colors, yet blended together they make a blinding white. This is a visual image of a book idea focusing on the desires that surge up in our hearts. I have seven of them that come to mind when I think about the longings that I feel in myself and hear from others. Here are the seven:
- longing for connection, intimacy, love
- longing for significance, meaning, fame
- longing for beauty, awe, wonder
- longing for adventure, newness, risk
- longing for justice, rightness
- longing for knowledge, understanding
- longing for identity, who I really am
These longings are not ones we manufacture. We simply find them present in our hearts. And what we do with these longings pretty much maps out our lives. For we all do something with these longings. Even when we try to dismiss them, the effort it takes radically affects us.
And the sadness of so much of life is how these longings are misplaced, misunderstood, misused, and misjudged. We are so easily deceived about them. Yet I believe that all seven of them taken together form a brilliant white light, an unmistakeable beacon that points us to something, someone beyond ourselves. And if we follow the beacon, it will take us to the One who placed those desires in all of us.
For the desires function not only as a rope back to God but also as a way that God keeps calling out to us. Whatever we place that desire on, it will betray us until we see what it is truly pointing towards. But once we see how God as the source and fulfillment of all desire, these seven desires now find their proper and ordered place. We become sane, whole, balanced, alive.
So…what do you think? I’ll try another book idea for Monday!