So I just listened to a podcast about realignment and let me tell you, my mind is BLOWN. This is seriously the coolest concept to me and I just HAVE to share it with you guys! Hopefully this comes out the way I want it to but my brain is a little scattered right now because I’m just so overwhelmed and in awe of it all.
Okay. So let’s start with realignment. The first thing that comes to my mind is the chiropractor. You go to the chiropractor because something doesn’t feel right, something is off in your body. It needs to be readjusted and returned to it’s appropriate location. Twist something here, crack something there, and wa-la! You’re good as new. Simple enough.
But what about in our souls? What do we do when something doesn’t feel right? Who’s the chiropractor for the feelings that dwell deep inside of us? There has to be somewhere we can get realigned, readjusted, set back into place.
And that’s when Jesus comes into the picture. I’ve never quite heard of Him referred to as a chiropractor but just roll with me for a sec. You go to the chiropractor because something isn’t right in your body. He fixes it, you go on with life, and when something doesn’t feel right again, you go back. You return. Now Jesus is the same way. I can feel when something isn’t right in my soul. Either I made a mistake or did something I shouldn’t have done and right away, I can feel it. In my gut, in my heart, in the deepest parts of my being. And that is when I find myself feeling lost, confused, like I have wandered from my path. I need to turn around and go home. But where? Where do I go? Where do I return?
To return literally means to come or go back to a place or person. Read that again. To go BACK, people!!! I must go BACK to where I started, where I was created, where Jesus is.
In Genesis 1 it talks about how God created everything and after He was finished, He decided it was very good. The sky, the land, the waters. The sun, the trees, the people. It was alllll goooood. You, my friend, are good simply because you were created that way. Goodness is home base and home base is where you must return.
I find myself returning to God in different ways. Through nature, through yoga, through journaling. Through prayer, through movement, through worship. I imagine Jesus not being mad that I wandered off path, but simply wanting me to turn around and come home. To Him, to Eden, to goodness and light and love.
It’s just like hiking. You’re strolling along the path and then all of a sudden you realize, wait…where’s the path. I made a wrong turn somewhere, I got lost in the maze of cacti and more cacti, and here I am…not on the path. Great.
So what do you do? You look for the path. You retrace your steps. You RETURN. And once you find the path (hopefully), a sense of peace washes over you. Yep, I’m okay. I’m back on the path. Carry on.
There’s actually a story in the bible that is very similar to the example I just used. It’s in Luke 15 and it’s about a son who left his father and spent all his money on “wild living”. I feel like it was a sex, drugs, and rock and roll type of thing but don’t quote me, that part isn’t specifically in the bible 😉 However you wanna interpret it, this boy was off his path and enjoying every minute of it. Until, that is, the moment he realized just how screwed he really was. That moment when you’re hiking and you’ve lost your bearings. Decision time, peeps. Do you keep going or turn around? Carve out your own path or go on the path carved out for you? I don’t know about you, but I don’t like being lost. This boy didn’t like it either. So he looked for his path. He retraced his steps. He RETURNED to his home, his eden, his father.
Now just a little history lesson for ya. In those days, it would’ve been extremely inappropriate for this young man to be accepted back into his family. He had betrayed his God, his values, his people. So returning back home was a risk, but a risk worth taking.
Now this next part is one of my FAVORITE parts in the whole entire bible. It says, “While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him.” Let me break this down into two parts because it’s just SO good:
It specifically states that his father saw him while he was still a long way off. He knew this boy, He had raised this boy, he had taught this boy how to walk. And when he saw that walk from a distance, He knew. That was his boy and his boy was finally coming home. Thank God, he was coming home.
Now for the second part. It says He was filled with compassion for Him. Notice he wasn’t filled with anger that his son had betrayed him, he wasn’t filled with resentment or bitterness or rage. He was filled with compassion, with love, with relief. GOOSEBUMPS people, I have goosebumps!
This boy is me, this boy is you, this boy is all of us.
His father is Jesus, his father is Abba, his father is OUR Heavenly Father.
This is our story.
I just ask you to let this sink in for a little bit. Where are you on your path? Have you strayed off it a little? Do you need to come home? Jesus doesn’t care how you do it. Maybe you need to take your time and talk with Jesus a little. Maybe you’ll find yourself slowly approaching home base. Or maybe you’re ready to make a quick decision. You need to go back and you need to go back NOW. I imagine you sliding into home base and kicking some dust up around you. Or maybe you’re still in the outfield doing your own thing. And that’s okay. Jesus still sees ya. He knows you’re wandering and contemplating and trying to figure it all out, but just know He’s waiting for you back home. Whenever you’re ready, He’s already there. Filled with compassion. Filled with love. Filled with relief that you have finally returned.
“For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” – Luke 15: 24