Sometime ago the Associated Press reported an amazing dog story. Sam, a scruffy mix of Yorkshire terrier and poodle, is back home, dog tired after an 840-mile trek from Colorado to California. Sam’s owners were moving to a California apartment that did not allow animals. So, before leaving Colorado, they had given Sam to another family. Ten weeks after they moved, they heard a scratch at their door. There was Sam—weak, blistered and dirty, but mighty happy to be home.
If an animal like Sam has a homing instinct that strong, should it be surprising that human beings have a deep internal compass guiding them homeward? If we were made by God, created in His image, designed to be His children, doesn’t it make sense that we would feel a powerful internal pull toward God? Maybe this is why most people feel deeply discontented until they come home to God.
“My soul waits for the Lord more than the watchmen wait for the morning.” (Psalm 130:6)