We’re all searching for something – peace, love, prosperity, security, purpose, happiness, direction. I’m sure that you have your list of things you’re searching for.
Our questions might be emotional, metaphysical, spiritual, economical or any combination of these. Viktor Emil Frankl (an Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor) wrote his best selling book entitled Man’s Search for Meaning back in 1959. We have been searching for God for as long as we can recall. In his book Searching for God Knows What, Donald Millar writes about that you still can follow Jesus and be part of a church without the trappings of organized religion. The Irish rock band U2 has famously put to music and lyrics I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For. These are only a few of the more well known examples of searching within popular culture.
On a personal level, we all acknowledge (or deny) our deepest longings, most of the time fumbling through our discoveries as we journey through life. Some of us have found what we’re looking for (or think we have), some of us still have no idea what we’re looking for and most of us are still – just searching. Some of us will look up, some within, some will follow the stars (or GPS) while others will go with the flow. We now have all the technology we could possibly need to find what we’re looking for – maybe? Fish finders will locate where to land the biggest fish, the internet will tell us anything we want to know and the GPS in our vehicles will find us the best way to get to our next destination. We even have technology to inform us where our dog has wandered off to.
At one moment or another, we have found ourselves lost (to one degree or another), searching for a better footpath or for anything that looks like a pathway out of the hole we have dug for ourselves. As one influential Canadian once put it, “Remember, I’m pullin’ for ya, we’re all in this together.” The search goes on!