“And closely akin to the visions… was the call still sounding in the depths of the forest. It filled him with a great unrest and strange desires. It caused him to feel a vague, sweet gladness, and he was aware of wild yearnings and stirrings for he knew not what.” – Jack London, The Call of the Wild
When was the last time you felt the call? Do you remember? Are you like a lot of men who can remember something like this in boyhood, when adventure seemed to lurk around every tree in the woods? Like the Pevensies in C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia, longing for the magical land where they are kings and queens, do you sometimes feel “aware of wild yearnings and stirrings,” even if you don’t know what for?
I feel this perhaps most strongly when I am at the sea. I recently returned from a vacation at the beach. I always feel like I’m at my home away from home when I’m at the ocean. When I have to leave, I feel a small sense of loss. I long to go back and yet, when I’m there, the call doesn’t dissipate. If anything, it grows stronger. I’m forced to wonder if this desire points to something larger, and far more important, than vacation or adventure.
“If we discover a desire within us that nothing in this world can satisfy, also we should begin to wonder if perhaps we were created for another world.” – C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Could it be that this call or yearning, or whatever we shall label it, is evidence of a home we have not yet seen? Our true home where we are children of the King and where we are kings and queens ourselves? If that’s the case, then what happens when we lose the ability to feel this yearning or to hear the call? Some people spend lots of energy trying to silence the call. Some spend lots of money attempting to numb the yearnings. Don’t give in to that. We need to feel this longing for home. It is our destiny. We need to remember that we were made for more than this life has to offer and that we will receive it if we will follow the one who leads us home.