It happens every single time. I enter the huge Swedish home goods store whose name begins with “I,” full of energy, ready for inspiration, sure that my life is about to be transformed by fashionable yet so reasonably priced modern lines and colorways.
But then, thirty minutes in, I’m exhausted, overstimulated and overwhelmed. Most of all, I feel trapped. I just want to get out of there. Be free.
Maybe you feel like that sometimes: after being online too long or suffering through a different type of shopping or purported entertainment experience—initially enticing, but in the end, wearisome, draining and dehumanizing.
What a relief then, to turn from these forces and hear the kind voice of Jesus, who comes to me, not to manipulate or control, but as, in his own words, a friend. The friend. The friend who knows me the best, loves me and invites me to find something real in that friendship: freedom.
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