One Amazon reviewer said she felt let down that Ann found herself, and God, away from home. There's that, yes— an odd surprise in a book that dares us to live fully right where we are.
But I take it differently. Right where you are isn't always the place you've called home. It's, well... right where you are.
I think this can be a little shocking; after all, we make our identity in the things we call home, think that's all there is... think that's all we are, all God is.
Then we leave.
In going away, we discover what we could have known all along... about ourselves, about God. It was there to see, wasn't it?
Ann recalls a letter from her father-in-law, asking who is ready. Ready for what? Maybe to live fully beyond the place we've called home? Beyond the person we thought we were? Beyond the God we had so nicely boxed up and put in a special room at home?
When we leave, we find we are not ready. Never will be. Home is too strong. Who we've been is too strong. The God in the pretty little box is too small. Yet, when we leave, we have the chance to discover—like Ann did— that we are ready. And ever will be.
This is a response to the final chapter of Ann's book, One Thousand Gifts. For a thoughtful review of the whole book, join us today at TheHighCalling.