Is your longing dormant and hidden? Is it awake and passive? Or does it streak through you like a phoenix, leaving a blazing, aching trail in its wake?
Does beauty bury itself deep inside you and rouse your sleeping longing, or agitate it out of its meekness? Or has it already ignited the ache that leaves you half-crazed to satisfy it?
The power of your genius, the spark of your passion, convicts you that it will satisfy you.
The deep relief of pleasure, satiating you briefly, dousing the flames momentarily, seduces you into thinking that it will satisfy you.
The safety of abundance, of convenience and comfort, reassures you that it will satisfy you.
The deep well of admiration, from which you draw thirstily, whispers that it will satisfy you.
But still, you burn.
The brief relief from achieved goals, satiated desire, retail therapy, and fleeting flattery, is consumed by the flames ignited by a song, a character, a story. A Truth. A beautiful truth so good, you want to cry, you want to absorb it into yourself, to become part of it.
At first, you despair at a longing that seems infinite. And then you are captivated when you realise it is meant to be that way. It is intentional. It can be satisfied. It must be satisfied. You find purpose, and meaning and now the blazing phoenix of longing doesn’t burn, but carries you on its tail, as you soar to the heights for which you were created.
Beauty, leads to truth, which leads to goodness.
All of it starts with someone who is a prophet of our own yearnings.
And that is a Storyteller. “We do not want merely to see beauty . . . We want something else which can hardly be put into words - to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it." - C.S. Lewis
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