“What if one way seems like a fairytale dream come true — and another way is fair and true? There is a way that looks right — and another way that is right. . . . There is a way that seems right to the senses that leads nowhere good for the soul.”- Ann Voskamp
“Make him the source, the centre, and the circumference of all thy soul’s range of delight.”- Charles Spurgeon
In Chapter 3 (“Come Let Me Love You”) of WayMaker, Ann Voskamp compares us to a thread of hope looking to find a way through the eye of a needle. Or looking for a sliver of lightning possibility cast against a wall of impossibility. A trace of a less-traveled trail through adversity.
Furthermore, the German term Sehnsucht describes our yearning for the inexpressible. A sense of lost that we need to find. Thus, C. S. Lewis wrote in Mere Christianity:
“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”
Most significantly, Ann notes, from the beginning God lock the world’s start and soil, heavens and earth, in love. And in Hebrew, the word heaven = a masculine noun, while the word earth = a feminine noun. Thus, Ann explains:
“From the beginning, the sacred story opens with a cosmic couple. Waving seas and dry shore sand, roving animals and forest stands, this whole spinning universe is a created complimentary world designed to dovetail into the wholeness of one. The universe is a metaphorical union . . . that is already and almost.”
In conclusion, the author observes, in the end, it matters little that someone makes you spin on the inside. Rather, the spinning, selfless, giving dance of the Trinity drives your commitment to an infinite, encircling love. Therefore, Ann defines love as more than an emotion. Instead, Ann sees love as commitment set in motion.
Today’s question: What Bible verses help you distinguish between a fairytale dream come true and what’s fair and true? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “The pulse that keeps love alive”