There are certain points along any journey where you see the path
more clearly, where there is more perspective and a greater sense as to where you have been and where you are going. On the highway or when cresting a hill, you see the road ahead and the traffic you will need to encounter. Or while on a walk, you come up over a ledge and you see the path you came from and the path ahead. In life, these moments come with decreasing frequency.
These are the precious opportunities that allow us to step back and reflect. These are the moments where you make decisions about every other moment. Some call them “liminal moments.” Liminal means "at the threshold," or some might suggest "in between." We could experience this when traveling to another place, meeting another person, or having an encounter with death, sickness, beauty, love, success or failure.
I have found that in these spaces I am able to make a connection to my longings. I might long to be closer to my family, to be less busy, to read more or to think more deeply.
An ancient sage once reflected, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has set eternity in the human heart.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
For many, these are the moments where we can attend to the eternity that is longing for home within us, and to start sensing God. We meet someone new, we are in a different place, we hear a different perspective and a spark ignites inside us that connects to other longings. Maybe God is real. Maybe what they say is true. Maybe He is drawing me closer to Himself.
C.S. Lewis spoke about these kinds of longings:
"Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for these desires exists. A baby feels hunger; well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim; well, there is such a thing as water. Men feel sexual desire; well, there is such a thing as sex. 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." (Mere Christianity, Bk. III, chap. 10, "Hope")
The journey often begins when you notice an alternative path going in a different direction than you are on. As you stand on your current broad, well-populated path, you sense that maybe this other path, the one to Jesus, is for you to try. Anything can awaken this: a friend, a verse, a truth, a failure, a success, a blessing, a curse, a desire, or a sadness.
Just don’t ignore it, whatever you do.