A pastor at my church once said, “Someone whose heart is set free will set your heart free.”
You know them when you meet them, these wandering souls, free from commonplace thoughts and ideals. They are not lost souls, they are unchained. They may even masquerade into 9-5 jobs, but there is something about them that tells you that their job does not determine the state of their heart. It’s like the rest of us are walking while they’re floating. They can do the most insane things in the most public places and be absolutely carefree. They can look you in the eye and say a sentence that you’ve been dying to hear your whole life and you never knew it, until they said it to ya.
They live to live. Your criticisms roll off of them like water on a duck’s back. They feel everything, how could they not? When you live in a way as to see, taste, and feel all that this life has to offer you are not without encountering pain and brokenness. But unlike so many others, this does not slow down or stop their wandering spirits. They do not get weighed down in bitterness because they know there is so much more to life.
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36
There is something contagious about them, something in them that calls to deep within of you. Their genuine laugh, the fact that they don’t talk to talk but speak with meaning, their stories of where they’ve been, the way they bring out something in you that you did not know existed.
Maybe what it is about them is that they are temporary, these wanderers who show up and stir up your life only to leave you. Leave you to decide how you will live.
“They danced down the streets like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I’ve been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn…”
– Jack Kerouac, On the Road