Cornerstone Magazine Spring 2014 - Page 13

Luke 9:58 says, “the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head” (ESV). At first it may seem cruel for Jesus to ask us to live a whole life and then not get overly attached to anything. Death and loss are constant reminders of the transient properties of life, protecting us from complacency—a terrible trap like a warm bed that’s just too perfect to leave but is ultimately debilitating. As the beloved author C.S. Lewis put it: “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” It took a lot of dead ends for me to begin to grasp the profundity and truth behind that statement. I know that we are meant to enjoy ourselves in this life, but there is a line between enjoyment and making these things idols in the homes of our hearts. I still struggle with that distinction, especially as a college student “trying to find myself.” I truly appreciate the family I have in this life, both in California and on good ol’ College Hill, and the best part about going abroad (at least for me) is coming back to the ones I know and love. The funny thing is that it took a semester abroad to understand my true state as a vagabond. More than anything, this news is heartening; I don’t have to settle for false gods that will ultimately disappoint me and rob me of peace. And every single day Jesus is there with open arms, inviting the prodigal daughter with the dirty, tear-stained face. In my deepest place I know the only one that deserves my unconditional devotion is Jesus. Because when we fail, when we have lost all hope, when the world rejects us and we can’t find a place to rest our heads, when we’re tired of walking on eggshells, !