Our Connection to Our Spiritual Leader

Mitch Cariaga

"This, then, is how you should pray:  'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name."  Matthew 6:9

Almighty God, You have made us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in You…
St. Augustine of Hippo

Why do people crave for the love for a parent they have never seen?  It’s the same reason they long for an unseen God who created them.

I have a friend named Pastor Jim.  When he was in his 30’s, he found out that he was adopted.  He was profoundly shocked to find out that his mother and father who raised him were not his biological parents.  But this also added explanation to a recurring dream he had of being in a hospital nursery while a nurse handed him over to a family to take care of him.  This caused Pastor Jim to go on a massive search for his biological family.

I use to wonder why it meant so much for people to find their birth parents.  It was the adopted parents who cared for them since birth.  The adopted parents helped them with their homework, they taught them to drive, and they hugged them and cried with joy on the day of their marriage.  There are countless family photo albums in their home attesting to their love for their child.

And yet, 38 years of denial could not overcome the connection that Pastor Jim had to two unknown people who gave him physical life.  Why?

Because the connection we have with our birth parents is not just biological.  It is also spiritual.

Pastor Jim’s birth parents were only 14 and 15 years old when he was born. They were just two young kids who made a mistake.  Mistakes happen.  It was not part of their plan to have a child.

But while it might not have been part of their plan, it certainly was part of God’s grand design.

The reason that my friend Jim went on an all out search for his birth parents is the same reason people seek God.  Because no matter how many years of denial, or separation, or resistance to the reality of a personal God, there is a spiritual connection between us and our Creator that will not be satisfied until we find Him.

St. Augustine said it best in his Confessions… Almighty God, You have made us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in You…

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