Catch and Release: what might it look like for you to live from your wild heart?

27 Feb

I decided to re-read “Wild At Heart” by John Eldredge in recent days and once again am captured by the imagery of man’s design.  John speaks of “the recovery & release of your heart, your passions, your true nature, which you have been given by God“.

It reminds me, that within our identity there is something ragging in the hearts to be wild.  Not a “bad” wild… a created wild by the very, “Jehovah God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” in Genesis 2:7

John says, “I’m convinced that adventure, with all its requisite danger and wildness, is a deeply spiritual longing written into the soul of man.”

That resonates deep within me to my core.  It is my core Creator calling me out from within my design.  Does it resonate with you?  When I think about how God created man from far within the untamed part of His Creation, I see myself in that untamed part.

John Muir said, “when a man comes to the mountains, he comes home.”

Are you home or are you entangled by the corporate life that battles for control of all that is not your created being.  God created us in spirit to long for danger and wildness.


As I read I couldn’t help but contemplate on John’s questions, “Where do you most come alive?”  For me it is in God’s Creation.  I can not stand working in an office and I’m a pastor.  In fact, I am sitting outside as I write this posting.


There are a few characters in the Bible who also find God in His Creation and it is from that place that they truly hear God’s voice.  Let me encourage you to do a word search on the Men of Scripture and where they encountered God.

Moses heard God in the desert of Sinai, Jacob wrestler with God in Mesopotamia, Elijah went into the wild to recover his strength as did John the Baptist and Jesus himself who were led by the Spirit into the wilderness; as well as, Jesus in the Garden to be with God before He was crucified.


I submit to you… you were created by God to live a vibrant soul life, one filled with adventure and wildness.

Here is a thought…

John says, “The masculine heart needs a place where nothing is prefabricated, modular, nonfat, zip-locked, franchised, on-line, microwavable.  Where there are no deadlines, cell phones, or committee meetings.  Where there is room for the soul.  Where, finally, the geography around us corresponds to the geography of our heart.”

How would you describe your daily topography, does it mirror the topo lines of your inner heart beat?

How much room for your masculine soul – for adventure and battle and beauty – is there in your typical work week?


Posted by on February 27, 2011 in Devotional


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3 responses to “Catch and Release: what might it look like for you to live from your wild heart?

  1. Dave

    March 3, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Well, I do go into an office on most days, but I try to make that drive on the Harley! That helps feed the wild side a little. I did recently get an office with a widow where I can look out on the hills and pretend that there are not 10,000,000 people nearby! Good Blog, bro.

    • Pastor Kerry

      March 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm

      thanks Dave for joining the conversation. Looking forward to hearing more from you. We have a lot we can learn from your insight.

  2. Jessica @ Cross Roads Camping

    March 11, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Hello! I just stumbled across your blog and I am SO excited! We are huge fans of Spiritual Outdoor Adventures, but haven’t found anything else similar to satisfy our Christian Outdoors thirst! 🙂 Can’t wait to dig into your blog and see what all you have to offer.

    Hubby is going through a Men’s Group study on Wild at Heart right now, and I am reading Captivating alongside him. We figure when his study’s over, we’ll switch just to get a bit of insight into each other! 🙂


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