As a child I was fascinated with magnets. It’s still hard for me to explain how they work. But I know that magnets can attract or repel each other. And I know that a magnet is at work in every compass…which always points north.
I think about magnets when Jesus says: “I will draw everyone to myself.” (John 12:32) It’s as if God were a magnet.
What is it that draws us to Jesus? Is it His words or values or actions which attract us? Or is it something deeper…a desire to be whole, a longing for closeness, a yearning for a more satisfying love?
Sometimes I’m aware that there is a hole in my heart…a kind of empty space. It’s as if something is missing. Some things fill the hole for a while…a beautiful sunrise or a good talk with a friend or holding a child in my arms after a baptism. Each of these moments connect me with God…who draws me close to Him and who will ultimately satisfy my hungry heart.