Earth to Ana. Earth to Ana, my husband enjoys saying when he wants to get my attention.
Yeah, yeah, very funny…
Well, I guess I should be glad my husband has a sense of humor. It must be frustrating living with someone whose mind is often in Analand.
Yet who can blame me? Analand is an amazing place, filled with creative ideas, inspiring music, beautiful landscapes, and meaningful conversations with my own very agreeable self. It is no wonder I love visiting so often.
But eventually duty beckons, and I make the trek back to reality.
My reality, however, isn’t bad either. I live in a cute little house with a family that loves me. I have a great job and wonderful friends. I’m seldom cold and never go hungry. And even in times of struggle, I have an enduring conviction that God loves me and will be there for me through it all.
In fact, my reality is usually so cozy, I seldom stop to think about anybody else’s. But is that the way it is supposed to be?
Not according to Jesus.
Christian artist Matthew West challenges me with these lyrics:
What if there’s a bigger picture?
What if I’m missing out?
What if there’s a greater purpose
I could be living right now
Outside my own little world?
Truth is that outside my own little world there is need, heartbreak, strife, illness, poverty, loneliness, bondage… All of the things Jesus died on the cross for.
His resurrection message offers hope, healing, freedom, love, joy, peace, and so much more. But this powerful message needs to be shared by people who are willing to look outside their window and into a world crying out for help.
The Apostle Paul said that “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”. But “how”, he continues, “can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?”
Oh, that my heart would be filled with passion for the lost, the broken and the needy, that I’d be willing to step out of my comfort and share the Lord with those who haven’t yet heard His message!
Earth to Ana, Earth to Ana! I hear the world calling.