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The Longing

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Life has been a wondrous joy for me. As I watch the seconds of my life slip by, like sand being forced downward into an hourglass, I am reminded of its fleeting presence. I do my best to appreciate the life I have been given. I am thankful for the presence of people in my life that have brought me joy and pushed me to grow. I have been blessed more than I deserve. Honestly, my cup runs over.

I have gotten to see things that leave me wanting for breath. Beautifully painted sunsets that my camera can’t do just in capturing. My wife, standing in stark white, smiling on our wedding day at the altar. Seeing my son meet the world around him for the first time. Watching my parents express their love in subtle ways that left me inspired. Having a friend meet me with the exact words I needed to hear when downtrodden. Witness people sing in worship and adoration.

There have been so many things to leave me awestruck. As I said, my life has been filled with more happiness that I should be allowed. Yet, in spite of all the joy and elation in my short thirty years, I have come to realize I have not known happiness in its entirety.

What keeps me from knowing what complete, unspoiled happiness is? Something I call the longing. From time to time, I long for perfection, untainted beauty, brilliance that is not bound by any constraint. This is something I will never know this side of eternity.

I am not home. I am an alien. I am a weary traveler that longs at times for home. Life is good. Too good, but it isn’t perfect. While we experience wonderment and dizzying happiness during the short lives we live, we have no idea what true joy, contentment, and rest feel like.

One day, those of us that are in Christ will experience the perfection that everything we encounter in this life is based on. At times, I see glimpses of what unspoiled happiness must be like, but it is just that, a glimpse; a fleeting image that leaves me longing.

I am enjoying my life so incredibly much. I eagerly anticipate what the future holds for me, my family, and my church. Life is truly good, yet, I still long for home. What will it even be like? I truly don’t think I could fathom it if I endeavored to try. I feel so blessed and humbled to have a place called home, with a Heavenly Father waiting.

One day, we will know what happiness really is. Until that day, there will be many wonderful glimpses of what it must be like, but we will just have to keep longing. We must remember through the good and bad, that we are not home. One day, good and bad, just and unjust, happiness and sadness will all melt away in the light of the one who defines perfection. One day, we will find rest, peace, and happiness. Until then, we keep longing.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. -Ecclesiastes 3:11

Walk good. Live wise. Be blessed.
Josh

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