Sacred Restlessness

“…The young man said to him, ‘All these I have observed; what do I still lack?’…” (Matthew 19:22)

My youngest daughter, Mara,  is a bundle of energy. She is constantly restless. She jumps. She climbs. She can run the whole day. She could not stay put in one place. It is as if she is always on a mission. To get that toy. To grab that cookie. To ride that bike. And that is why I am alarmed during days when she is not as active as she usually is. For sure, something must be wrong with her.

In a spiritual sense, we can say the same thing about the human heart.

I believe every person will reach a point of spiritual restlessness. There is a gnawing emptiness within that can’t be filled by anything that the world offers. Money cannot satisfy. Success cannot fulfill. Charity works lose their meaning. Even the constant presence family and loved ones seem not enough. The heart wants to move. It cannot stay put. It searches. It hungers. It thirsts. This, my friend, is what I call “sacred restlessness”.

Perhaps it was sacred restlessness that pushed the rich young man to confront Jesus with his classic query:

“…The young man said to him, ‘All these I have observed; what do I still lack?’…” (Matthew 19:22)

The heart is restless. Sacredly restless. Longing for Who it was made for. Pursuing the hearbeat that matches its own. Running after not only that which temporarily fills, but for that which eternally completes.

I believe many out there are like the rich young man. Not evil. Not necessarily leading a sinful life. Not indulging in any vice. Keeps a job. Works hard. Ambitious. Upstanding. Living an “ok” life. Average. And yes, RESTLESS.

As St. Augustine said: Our hearts are restless until they rest in God.

Perhaps you yourself are going through some kind of restlessness as you read this blog. Maybe God is talking to you now…

Are you a nominal Christian who prides himself/herself with an averagely normal righteous life?

Or you may be an agnostic who somehow has reached a dead end?

Or perhaps you are a devout Christian who has stayed within his/her comfort zone far too long to still remember what it means to be radical for God?

Sometimes God disturbs us to wake us up from our complacency. He rings the alarm to shake us out of our stupor. He whispers gently to nudge us out of our slumber. He comes to let us know that there is more. More to give. More to offer. More to bless. More for you.

Sacred restlessness.

It will keep coming for as long as you are breathing. For only when you see Him face to face will the restlessness end. And when it does, you know, you are already in the presence of the Sacred.

Restlessly longing for that day,



One thought on “Sacred Restlessness

  1. Wonderful Bobby!

    I am experiencing such and trying to decipher where the Lord is leading me.Thank you for the insight.I will make it part of my reflections as I revisit my discernment.

    God bless you more!

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