I had a dream the other night about being lost. In fact, I have recurring dreams of this sort — I’ve lost my purse, my keys or my car. I’m lost in the Mall or at a school and can’t find my class. Along with the “lost” feature, I’m also usually worried because I’m going to be late. I call them “anxiety” dreams, and it turns out they’re not uncommon. Many people have them.
It recently dawned on me that maybe there’s a reason so many of us feel lost in our dream lives. It could be quite simple — we feel lost, we worry about being lost because we ARE lost. It tells us this quite plainly in the Bible:
“All we like sheep have gone astray” Isaiah 53:6
We are lost because we are displaced, never quite feeling quite at home in this life, as Peter acknowledges in this exhortation:
We are constantly searching for our permanent dwelling place:
On the surface we may seem comfortable in the life around us, but unconsciously we know that we were meant for something different: a life described in chapter 21 of the book of Revelation.
““Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:3-4
Until then, we’ll always feel a little bit lost. We’ll always be looking for something. We’ll always be unsettled. Or, as St. Augustine once wrote:
“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”