Everything inside you knows there’s more than what you’ve heard. So much more than empty conversations filled with empty words
– Switchfoot “On Fire”
This song is stuck there in my head and in my heart. So I pay attention.
Picture this with me: You walk up to a long knotted wooden counter, bartender says, “Well? What will it be?”. Your eyes scan shelf after shelf of the thousands of labels on bottles, some reading: Shoes and More, Booze and Xanex, Busy and Distracted, Netflix and Chill, Anxious and Overworked, Comparison and Hustle. An ache, an angst, a nagging that will not let you be. What bottle will drown it out for the time being?
For mercy sake, no bar actually exists. But our aches are real. Our attempts to fill the voids are played out.
I’m here to whisper to you, to me: There is more.
There is One who satisfies every longing. One who looks at the hungry and feeds them.
Even if you know the One, and you think you’ve explore all there is to explore about him. There is more.
For those who hear the simple whispers, be encouraged in all you face. May you turn towards the fire and enter in.
For it is in the fire that overtime all else falls away. Gold is put in the fire, but will not be consumed. It will be made pure. In all its purity, we can watch it gloriously reflect the fire from which it came.
You and I too will reflect the fires from which we came. There will be stories told because we, hungry for more, stepped into the flames. Others may see their reflection in our stories. Enough bravery will rise up for them to step into their fires.
And you’re on fire when He’s near you
You’re on fire when He speaks
You’re on fire, burning at these mysteries
-Switchfoot “On Fire”
May you and I lean into the fire as we look to the One who invites. Come see, there is more!