” All of creation longs for the Creator”
This is something I say all the time. I’m not sure if that’s my original quote or if I’ve heard it or read it somewhere and it’s stuck in my subconscious. Either way its something I believe to be true. I’ve always been intrigued by those adoption or switched at birth stories that make national news every once in a while. The children in these cases always talk about how they longed to find their birth parents. In the cases where the children did not know that they were in the wrong family, they mention things like: “I always felt different” or “something inside me knew I was not complete”.
In my own life, I grew up with an abusive dad. I was removed from him around age 7 and have not seen him since. Almost 26 years later my heart still longs for him in many ways. It’s weird but I believe it’s only natural.
This principle applies even in nature. Penguins for example are born in very large groups yet they never get “switched at birth” and they can always find their mama.
What about a more classic example, “Are you my Mother?” The story where a hatching bird can’t find his mother and goes around asking an irritated cow, dog, hen and kitten if they are his mother. When the animals refuse him, he gets desperate and asks a plane, boat and power shovel….”Are you my mother?”
Crazy huh? But it goes to show that humans, animals, and illustrated characters will do whatever it takes to find the one that created them.
The bird in P.D. Eastman’s story may seem in need of a psych evaluation after asking things that look nothing like him, if they were his mother. Now the airplane, OK maybe I can see the resemblance. But the cow? C’mon that’s a stretch.
Genesis 1:26 says we were made in His image. Everyone. Not just a few of us. So we are ALL longing for God, our Heaven Father whether we acknowledge Him or not.
Much like the skinny, half baked bird…We often search after things that don’t resemble us or reflect our Heavenly Father. How many times do we desire to find temporary comfort in the arms of another person, a financial increase, or perhaps an addiction?
When we’re lost, or simply confused about our life, it’s natural to search…But eventually it’s time to come home.
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive. Jeremiah 29:11-14