journey overlooking - smallWritten By: Naomi Toms

Cause I need freedom now, / and I need to know how / to live my life as it’s meant to be…– Mumford and Sons, “The Cave”

We have within ourselves a deep desire to live a story that means something, a thirst for the freedom of a true adventure.

The thing is, though, we tend to search for this “freedom of a true adventure” in the wrong way.

First, we may try to seek it by ourselves – but we never quite reach it, we’re never are satisfied. We chase the sun, but never reach it, so to speak. In his book Interior Freedom, Fr. Jacques Philippe writes:

The desire for freedom that lives in the hearts of all men and women today thus often is manifested in a desperate attempt to overcome limitations. People want to go farther, faster, to have a greater power to transform reality … Not content with doing ‘ordinary’ mountaineering, people try ‘extreme mountaineering’ … until the day when they go a little too far, and the exhilarating adventure ends in a fatal fall. [1]

So what do we do when all that doesn’t satisfy us? One of two things. We may turn to escapism – our incredible thirst for more pushes us to any possible source of adventure or story. And we end up watching more and more movies, or staying up nights upon nights in a row reading compelling stories, losing ourselves in TV series. In the end, we become slaves to this constant search for stories, addicts to losing ourselves in another person’s adventure – and never quite satisfied.

The other possibility? We give up and resign ourselves to mediocrity. We deny our deep heart’s desire, and live a shadow existence.

It’s far too easy to end up in either state. And if you are in either state – here’s your wake-up call! Remember your desire, and don’t sell it short. As Fr. Philippe writes, “Does this mean this aspiration is just a dream, and we should renounce it and content ourselves with a dull, mediocre existence? Certainly not! But we have to discover genuine freedom inside ourselves and in a close relationship with God.” [2] And as Christ Himself calls to us: “Everyone who drinks from this water will be thirsty again, but whosoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst.” (Jn 4:13-14)

So… how could this interior stuff possibly satisfy that thirst in us for adventure? At this point, we know nothing in this world could possibly fill our thirst (see C. S. Lewis’s Argument for Desire). So, we look to the only One we can for answers. And then, we “seem to hear, like a kind of echo, an answer from beyond the world. ‘You will have real obligations, and therefore real adventures when you get to my Utopia. But the hardest obligation and the steepest adventure is to get there.’ ” [3]

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[1] Philippe, Jacques, Interior Freedom (New York, NY: Scepter Publishers, Inc.), 2007, p. 16-17

[2] Ibid, p. 17

[3] Chesterton, G. K., Orthodoxy (Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers), 2009, p. 185

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