When is a Place a Place?…


Arriving somewhere, we usually designate it a “place.”

People like to know where “places” are, they feel a connection to “places.”

Let something or someone move and we lose the feeling of “place,” we lose the physical reference point.

Attention is given to how to get to the “place” someone lives or to the “place” where we first found that particular something.

Concerted effort is made to keep the feeling of “place” for people and things in our lives.

Eternal value can be attached to the “places” in our lives; we are attached to physical “places.”

The feelings of security and safety are also wrapped up in the “places” of our lives.

Home is seen, by many, as the “place” where one is accepted and wanted no matter what has happened in their lives.

Almost always that home feeling is tied to a “place,” a physical point of reference in our lives.

That, in itself, begs the question, “Can there be home without a physical ‘place’?”

Is not what really makes the “place” a “place,” the attitude and internal feeling rather than some outward physical structure?

Suffice it to say that most of what we call “places” in our lives are really emotional and relational in nature, and whether or not a physical structure is attached is irrelevant to those feelings.

No one can take those feelings and relationships from us just by removing the physical “place” from us.

Only we can remove a “place” from our memory or our feeling or our relationship.

To say that we are nothing more than the “places” in our lives is to short change who or what we are in this life.

After all, are we not more than “places”? Do we not long to be known for more than where we are and what we experience there?

Please remember that we are more than the physical locations where we find ourselves located for this short time.

Looking forward to a “place that is not a place” is what I’m longing to find.

Allowing God, who is my real “place,” to show me that “place” that He has put in each of us that we may find, only as he says, “Here is the road, walk on it.”

Coming to Him, in simple trust and assurance, He leads me to the “place that is not a place” in the inner solitude of His heart.

Eternal and peaceful are the characteristics of His “place that is not a place.”

The Path Continues…

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