Every now and then we all need a soft place to land. If you pay attention, that is actually what most of our sitcoms are about. “Cheers” spelled it out most clearly with their theme song titled “Where Everybody Knows Your Name.” Life can be tough and all of us long for a place to land, where everyone truly knows and accepts us–even at our worst.
From the bar of “Cheers,” sitcoms traveled to a coffee shop in New York on the show “Friends.” Once again the theme was really about being loved and accepted for who you are.
Some of us are blessed to have physical places we can go like this. I am extremely blessed with a few places that I can show up, as is, no questions asked. These places are more about the people than the place–precious people in my life who love me through the good, the bad and the ugly.
In our very disconnected society of social media and texting it is even more important to connect with people in person. I don’t think our longing for that connection has diminished at all, in fact if anything I believe it has increased. Once again, the Bible has it covered. Hebrews 10:25 says, “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near.”
I would encourage you, if you don’t feel like you have a soft place to land, become that place for others. Open up your heart, and maybe your home, to people who are hurting, (that is actually everyone) and you will be surprised to find that people will treat you the same in return.
The wonderful thing is that God knows us better than anyone else. Even when it feels as though the whole world has abandoned us and there is no one left, He will never leave us. He is always there with His arms open wide to receive us just as we are. And that is the very best place of all to land!
“The Lord will hold me close.” Psalm 27:10b